Microsoft, masters of the Metro interface are bringing tiles and gestures to the desktop. The latest sneak peak at the new OS is now available for download, the Windows 8 Release Preview. Remember this is pre-release software, we recommend testing it on a spare machine. To return to Windows 7 you will need to format your machine, time to find your recovery or install disk.
After a remarkably painless setup process the Highpants sacrificial lamb of a laptop, a dual core ASUS 15.6, had sprung back to life with Microsoft’s best looking login / lock screen ever.
Metro has been with us on the Smartphone for a few years now, living in the shadows of iOS and Android, it has kept a relatively low profile. This is about to change.
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The ultimate input device for a multimedia PC may just be a flat black 5″ square of plastic, the Logitech Wireless Touchpad for Windows 7. In one foul swoop – swipe ? – Logitech has shifted the PC world towards a finger friendly future. Smartphone and Tablets have changed the touch-screen interface forever, in the process showing the PC world how touch should be done in. The recent release of the Razor Switchblade LCD Touchscreen interface has helped the PC make up ground, a step forward. Now Logitech is bringing the gesture interface to the rest of the Windows 7 PC world. The Wireless Touchpad brings a fantastically familiar interface to the PC, if you’re a touchscreen fan or need to simplify controlling a desktop computer, especially Media-Centre PC’s, the Wireless Touchpad is an elegant solution to a dinosaur’s problem. Plug the incredibly small USB receiver into an empty USB port to drag any PC into the world of gesture and touch.
Touchpads may all look the same but it what’s on the inside that makes all the difference. The Logitech Touchpad is an excellent interpretation of what a touchpad should be. The spacious 5″ touch sensitive surface offers plenty of room even for the most flamboyant gesturers. Powered by a built in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, Logitech quotes the time between charges of 4months, plenty of time to point fingers. Jumping on the Logitech Unifying receiver bandwagon the Wireless Touchpad’s ultra compact USB dongle can control up to six Logitech devices, so a mouse or keyboard can easily piggy-back off the one USB dongle. The 2.4Ghz receiver has a quoted range of 25 meters so you aren’t tied to the TV or computer your trying to control, not forced to sit in front of the TV like a 3 year old.