This slipped in under my radar last week – the Microsoft Touch Mouse will be updated for Windows 8. More updates to come on that so stay tuned to the Microsoft Hardware blog for more.
What really slipped under my radar though was the a new beta app for Windows 8 - Microsoft Device Center. This app helps you customize your Microsoft mouse and keyboard, combining the existing mouse software (IntelliPoint) and keyboard software (IntelliType) into one simple solution. The application supports remapping your mouse buttons or assigning keys on your keyboard to your favorite file or webpages. One neat trick is the ability to apply application specific settings for buttons. I also had no idea I could turn off the haptic scroll on an Arc Touch Mouse until I installed Device Center.
Device Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC
- Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style.
- Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps.
Effortlessly transition to Device Center from existing device management apps
- Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen.
- View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place.
- Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips.
- Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library.
- Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on your computer.