The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that were designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. The features were limited to OEMs with devices having multitouch. But now the Touch pack allows users to use it with any 3rd party touchscreens.
The Touch Pack is a set of six multi-touch consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that have been created for Windows 7.
Download: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
What’s Inside Touch Pack
1. Microsoft Surface Globe uses the Virtual Earth 3D engine to display a 3D Earth. Using multi-touch, you can navigate to different regions, get local information, and “pin” your favorite locations. You can even “fly” around 3D models of buildings in some cities.
2. Microsoft Surface Collage: A photo collage app that arranges photos in the way you want.
3. Microsoft Surface Lagoon is a screensaver that you can interact with using multi-touch.
4. Microsoft Blackboard, A puzzle game of physics that uses nifty machine on a virtual blackboard. Use gestures to rotate and resize gears, fans, seesaws and more to move balloons and balls toward the light bulbs – and victory.
5. Microsoft Rebound
6. Microsoft Garden Pond
The apps gives you basic multitotuch experience on Windows 7 but clearly shows how immature this platform is as far as Multitouch is concerned when compared to a native device like iPad. This is the reason why HP’s Slate is a bad idea.
But would multitouch apps appear on Windows 7 Marketplace? We’ll have to wait to see it.