In conjunction with the general availability announcement for Windows 7, Microsoft Hardware has announced that all of its mice, keyboards, LifeCams, gaming devices and notebook accessories will be fully compatible with Windows 7 once the operating system is launched to retail customers on Oct. 22nd.
Hardware is also launching several exclusive features for Windows 7 to make everyday tasks faster and easier, including:
· Taskbar Favorites: Microsoft keyboard users get a smart new way to access their most frequently used programs and documents with Taskbar Favorites, which will map to the location of applications on the improved Windows taskbar. The applications in the taskbar can be easily rearranged just by clicking and dragging, and Taskbar Favorites will automatically adapt to the applications’ new locations.
· Device Stage: Microsoft Hardware mouse and keyboard products will support Device Stage, a Windows 7 feature that gives customers quick and easy access to common tasks, including product information, registration, settings and more for popular device categories such as cell phones, cameras, printers, portable media players and input devices.
· Windows Flip: Microsoft mouse and keyboard users can easily see a thumbnail preview of all open windows with the press of a button. A full-screen preview of the application will automatically display, enabling the user to better identify and select the desired application.
· Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Photo Gallery: LifeCam users will be able to do more with photos and movies. With Movie Maker they can start a movie project with one click, and then upload video to social networking sites. Photo Gallery access will enable them to easily upload a photo that they can edit, tag and share with friends and family.
Related: Microsoft hardware support for Windows 7 (drivers, etc.)