Microsoft recently announced Touch Pack for Windows 7 for the masses. It is an attempt to add more support to Windows 7 OS touch capable devices. Initially, Microsoft announced Touch Pack long back in May 2009 but was only for the OEM’s.
This time, Microsoft finally decided to release the Touch Pack for public and now it is available for download to everyone. The Touch Pack is only available for the Genuine Windows users and it has a size of 239.2 MB and is available in English version only.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 and it’s users.
What is Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?
According to Microsoft blog. “The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a collection of games and programs that you interact with using your fingers. To use these games and programs, you need either a laptop with a screen that supports multitouch or a desktop PC connected to a touchscreen that supports multitouch (including all-in-one PCs with touchscreens).”
Applications in Microsoft Touch Pack
Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 touch capable devices contains 3 awesome applications and 3 games for its users. Let’s talk about these one by one :
1) Microsoft Blackboard (Game) : Microsoft Blackboard is a puzzle game of physics which combines with multi-touch on a virtual blackboard to get the user to solve them. You can use gestures to apply various functions like resize fans, gears, seesaws and move balloons and balls towards the light bulbs to get victory.
2) Microsoft Garden Pond (Game) : Microsoft Garden Pond is a very simple and relaxing game, in which you have to complete the goals that have been set for you by guide some origami creations to peaceful areas of the pond. You have to make ripples to move the origami and complete the goals to win the game.
3) Microsoft Rebound (Game) : This is the best game which I like in this package, you can play Microsoft Rebound with computer or your friend. The basic idea behind the game is to use your fingers to propel a ball and annihilate your opponent.
4) Microsoft Surface Globe (Apps) : Microsoft Surface Globe is a multi-touch capable globe which uses the Visual Earth 3D engine to display the 3D version of the world. You can visit various places, cities, countries and get local information about that area. You can also bookmark your favorite location to keep handy whenever you come back.
5) Microsoft Surface Collage (Apps) : This is a simple application which allows you to take any photo gallery and play with them like resizing them, arranging them using only your fingertips. And when your are done arranging the images, save them as a collage and you have the choice to make it your desktop background.
6) Microsoft Surface Lagoon (Apps) : Microsoft Surface Lagoon is a screensaver and you can interact with multi-touch technology. It creates an underwaters scenes with water, sand, fish. It really an awesome feeling by moving your fingers through the water and fish will gather around if you hold your finger.
Yeah, that’s not lot of games and applications but surely worth checking out if you have Windows 7 OS with touch capable device.
So, tell me what do you think about Touch Pack from Microsoft team, would you give it a try ? Tell us in the comments section below!