Microsoft and mice go a long way back. Over the years, Redmond has released some very impressive computer peripherals, with keyboards, mice and even joysticks offering a perfect blend of quality, design and functionality. And now we have two new mice from the House of Windows —the Sculpt Comfort mouse, and the Sculpt...

I have a confession to make — I’ve always liked Genius. Now whether this was because of their cool name or even cooler logo that they had (a mouse silhouette on the letter G) is up for debate, but the company was alright with me. Of course, they made some good peripherals too, many of which I used. Now with the...

Oops! I forgot to tell you about the On-Screen Keyboard. This is another keyboard available through Windows 8. You can access it by typing “On-Screen keyboard” on your Start screen. To add its icon to both the Start screen and the Taskbar right click on it and select “Add to Taskbar” and “Pin to Start”. This...

Microsoft have updated their Touch Mouse. They provided a new update that will enable Touch Mouse owners 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...

Gunnar Berger, research director at Gartner is having a really bad week. He wrote a series of (5) posts that were actually pretty balanced about Windows 8 and his thoughts around Microsoft’s Operating System. He wrote about the good and the bad and it all seemed good until the blogosphere focused on one element of his...

In a new post on the Microsoft Windows 8 development blog, Microsoft explain some of the thinking behind their enhanced “on-screen keyboards” in Windows 8. With Windows 8, Microsoft started fresh and took a “first principles” approach to developing the touch keyboard. In the post, Kip Knox, a member of the Windows User...

Microsoft have released a very interesting “design case study” that talks about the differences between developing metro apps and developing for the iPad. From the post: In this case study we want to help designers and developers who are familiar with iOS to reimagine their apps using Metro style design principles. We...

Microsoft have released a list of shortcuts that can be used to “simplify” navigation around Windows 8. “If you’re not using touch, keyboard shortcuts are another super fast and easy way to get around Windows. In fact, they do more in Windows 8 than they have in any other version of Windows,” Microsoft stated in an...

Navigating to the charm bar using a mouse. Windows 8 doesn’t work that well with keyboard and mouse, plus having to switch between desktop and Metro is annoying. This is a popular sentiment I’ve hard across all reaches of the Internet from opinion pieces to forum postings. It is also something I’m not 100% if I agree...