Windows 8 touch gestures added to Microsoft Touch Mouse

People who own Microsoft's original Touch Mouse can now download a new update that will enable them to use the touch gesture support for Windows 8. The update comes in the form of the company's Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 software, which replaces Microsoft's previous IntelliPoint and IntelliType softwae.

The download, which is now available via Microsoft's Support website, comes in a variety of languages, each with both 32-bt and 64-bit support for Windows 7 and Windows 8. People who own the Microsoft Touch Mouse will now be able to access the many specific gesture controls in Windows 8 with this new update via the software's settings.

The new software also supports a number of other Microsoft-made PC mice and keyboards. That includes the recently launched Microsoft Wedge Mouse. Unfortunately, this new Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 update does not enable the specific gesture command made for Windows 8 for that product and there's no word on when, or even if, Microsoft will add such support to the new Wedge Mouse.

Logitech has already announced plans to release a number of new PC mice and keyboards that will support the gesture controls in Windows 8.

Via: The Verge
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By the way, it seems kinda pointless to have mouse gestures dedicated for Modern UI functionality. Why dedicate both 'Two fingers down' and 'Two fingers up' to App bar when it's already can be activated by right click anyway? And it's not like you don't have to move a cursor after using gestures for App switcher and Charms bar, might as well just use hot corners if I'm going to roll mouse to the edge of the screen.
So the only gestures I changed from previous version is Three fingers up and down (rarely used them, but zooming is more useful) and Two fingers right/left, which I assigned to Middle click and Charms bar (for now).

x.iso said,
By the way, it seems kinda pointless to have mouse gestures dedicated for Modern UI functionality. Why dedicate both 'Two fingers down' and 'Two fingers up' to App bar when it's already can be activated by right click anyway? And it's not like you don't have to move a cursor after using gestures for App switcher and Charms bar, might as well just use hot corners if I'm going to roll mouse to the edge of the screen.
So the only gestures I changed from previous version is Three fingers up and down (rarely used them, but zooming is more useful) and Two fingers right/left, which I assigned to Middle click and Charms bar (for now).

moving mouse into corner may be ok for single monitor desktops, not so much on dual. you easily miss the corner and move to the second desktop to invoke charms for example. Two fingers up and down is indeed redundant in metro. two fingers up will in fact undo the the two fingers down activation. You can assign the two fingers down gesture to something else, e.g. Windows Start and it will switch you to desktop etc... Nothing is perfect I guess....

DerAusgewanderte said,

moving mouse into corner may be ok for single monitor desktops, not so much on dual. you easily miss the corner and move to the second desktop to invoke charms for example. Two fingers up and down is indeed redundant in metro. two fingers up will in fact undo the the two fingers down activation. You can assign the two fingers down gesture to something else, e.g. Windows Start and it will switch you to desktop etc... Nothing is perfect I guess....


are you using Release Preview or RTM? hot corner problem for multiple monitors supposed to be fixed in either RP or RTM. but anyway I get you point.
as for two fingers down/up gesture, I still use it for maximizing/minimizing windows.
I wish they would add middle click by simply placing finger in the middle upon click. If you have to lift your index finger to do the right click (since there is only one hardware button and in detects left/right click by finger placement upon click, so if finger is only on the right side - right click is used, else it's left click).

x.iso said,

hot corner problem for multiple monitors supposed to be fixed in either RP or RTM. but anyway I get you point.

yep, you are correct. Using RTM. It's not as bad as it used to be. Mouse movement is slowed down when it reaches the corner. I guess I didn't pay attention to that recently. Overall, the mouse feels smoother and more fluid in response than before. Very happy with it now. I had times when I thought I should have waited for a Logitech Win8 mouse...

It's really nice to finally being able to customize Touch mouse gestures, but it sucks they didn't get it a bit further adding all those gestures in "app specific" settings. Why the hell would I need to change behavior of most basic buttons like left and right click? That's all they give to change for specific app, not all those gestures that need to act different if I'm using Windows Explorer (Desktop) or other software.
So this update does bring more functions, but stops just at most interesting part.

I read on man websites that this touch mouse is good, apart from that scrolling is very tricky.
Is scrolling really bad or only question of getting used to it?

And an off-topic question, someone knows when the MS sculp keyboard is purchasable? I only see pre-orders.

Lastwebpage said,
I read on man websites that this touch mouse is good, apart from that scrolling is very tricky.
Is scrolling really bad or only question of getting used to it?

And an off-topic question, someone knows when the MS sculp keyboard is purchasable? I only see pre-orders.


I've bought the Touch Mouse on release (think I even preordered it) and never had any problems with the scrolling... Of course the touch does react differently than a classical wheel, but I personally prefer the touch as it's smoother...

I sometimes have difficulty in getting the touch scrolling to kick in, but when it does I find it much more useful than a scroll wheel.

I have to say though, that this mouse has a fatal problem in that it doesn't detect right mouse clicks unless your fingers are totally clear of the left side of the mouse. Even if your left finger is just resting on the left hand side, a right click will register as a left click. It takes quite some getting used to.

I'm writing something to do better detection of actual clicks which sees which fingers actually put more force on when the click action happens. There's easily enough sensitivity in the device to actually see fingers deform onto the device after the click action.

Just wish I had time to further it on.

I was never a fan of that mouse or even the Apple Magic Mouse. I wish they can make a touch mouse that flt like my Comfort Mouse 6000 by Microsoft. I love that mouse. It feels perfect for me.

WalterEgo404 said,
I was never a fan of that mouse or even the Apple Magic Mouse. I wish they can make a touch mouse that flt like my Comfort Mouse 6000 by Microsoft. I love that mouse. It feels perfect for me.

The same MKC works with the entire 6000 series of keyboards and mice - it's not JUST for touch devices. (In my case, it's the Wireless Keyboard 6000 V.3 and the Logitech V220 Cordless in MS Laser Mouse 6000 mode.)

PGHammer said,

The same MKC works with the entire 6000 series of keyboards and mice - it's not JUST for touch devices. (In my case, it's the Wireless Keyboard 6000 V.3 and the Logitech V220 Cordless in MS Laser Mouse 6000 mode.)

Nope! It doesn't work for the entire 6000 series, it works only for the newer revisions. The original 6000 series is not supported

Also, the Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 *directly* replaces IntelliType/IntelliPoint in Windows 7 - so it's not *just* for newer hardware. (Amusingly, it works to a surprisingly slick extent with *Logitech* hardware; I use it with my V220 Cordless, my *desktop* mouse of choice.)

PGHammer said,
Also, the Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 *directly* replaces IntelliType/IntelliPoint in Windows 7 - so it's not *just* for newer hardware. (Amusingly, it works to a surprisingly slick extent with *Logitech* hardware; I use it with my V220 Cordless, my *desktop* mouse of choice.)

Nope, it's just for the new hardware. Older unsupported devices (from 2006 and below I think) will still require installing IntelliType and IntelliMouse.

When I did the update on this mouse, I got some cool gestures on Metro, and lost all the cool gestures on the desktop like swiping to make Windows half size on multiple monitors. I will assume that I can address this in the settings but something tells me that is a bad assumption....

jimmyfal said,
... but something tells me that is a bad assumption....

I'm afraid you are correct. No problem changing the gestures, but I do not see how you can set metro and desktop independently. If you change the settings you loose the new ones in metro. If you leave the new ones in metro you loose the ones that we were familiar with on the desktop.

When I did the update which was proposed on Windows Update for my desktop set instead I lost all functionality, even battery warnings, because they removed the support for several older devices (not that incredibly old, I bought my set when Vista was out). They not only didn't give a damn about users who can't upgrade due to the lack of decent new sets for desktop computers (all their new fancy impractical slim/touch devices are for notebooks or tablets) but they didn't even care about making sure the update didn't get pushed to the users of the no longer supported devices

DerAusgewanderte said,

I'm afraid you are correct. No problem changing the gestures, but I do not see how you can set metro and desktop independently.

You know, I am a big fan of MS, but when I said I my bad assumption would be correct, I was afraid I'd be right. I don't know a lot about the technical intricacies of making this device work between Desktop and Metro, but the fact that it is not able to separately detect when I'm in Metro, and when I am not, and then perform Gestures accordingly, makes that 30 years of "hardware experience" that Microsoft like to talk about, mean a lot less to me at the moment. The new update just became a useless update for me.

Ok, after playing around with settings I can say I'm still ****ed off about the inablilty to use different commands between interfaces, however, they have much improved the scrolling ability and several other aspects of the device.

I can see the benefits if you are in one environment over the other, unfortunately I live and breath in both environments and now the device has two different heads. Overall, I can recommend the device, the ability to go half screen on multiple screens is huge for me.

I have no difficulty using the corners but my screen is only 19''. If you have a larger screen this might be useful.