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Windows 7 Touch pack

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
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Windows 7 Touch Pack is a set of 6 multi-touch applications that are available with Windows 7. It is comprised of 3 games and 3 Microsoft Surface applications. These applications are made for the Windows 7 OS by the Microsoft Surface team and are created especially for touch-enabled monitors and computers. These applications literally put the entire world at your finger-tips, enable you to create well designed and memorable desktop images and even play with fish and water in a memorable screen saver.

We shall explore these neat applications here in this article:

1.Microsoft Surface Globe:
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Globe offers a hands-on experience in world-exploration based on Microsoft Bing Maps content and Technology. The earth is seen as a 2D Map or as an immersive 3-D experience. You can have both road and satellite view of locations, as well as have the ability to identify the road map to any particular location. You also have a search field by which you an identify postal code, address, landmark or any geographic location like a city name or mountain range.

2.Microsoft Surface Collage:
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This application enables you to enlarge your own photos and save the result as an impressive desktop background. You can customize your collage by using the options button to pick a color, choose a background style and also apply a photo border style. You can open specific pictures using a natural touch gesture to browse your pictures and videos, explore them and share your content.

3.Microsoft Surface Lagoon:
This application is both a screen-saver and an interactive water simulation with a meditative rock arrangement and playful, albeit shy, fish. You can touch with one or more fingers to play with the water and make the fish swim away. When you touch and hold on the water the fish gets attracted in the direction, too. You can change the number of fishes from 0 to 20, adjust the sound volume and use your own photo as the water background.

4.Microsoft Blackboard
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This is Solve a puzzle game of physics where you can, create a nifty machine on a virtual blackboard. You can use gestures to rotate and resize gears, fans, seesaws, and more to move balloons and balls toward the light bulbs and to victory.

5.Microsoft Rebound
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This is also one of the 3 games that come with the Touch Pack. You can use your fingers to propel a ball and annihilate your opponent in this game. You can either play against the computer or challenge a friend and battle it out in the electrified court to see who emerges as a champion.

6.Microsoft Garden Pond
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This game is about playing with fish and water. With this game you can guide your origami creations to peaceful areas on the pond or direct them with gestures to complete the goals that have been set for you. Once you get into the game gently move the origami by making ripples in the water.

These virtual worlds always give your peace and harmony making life more sweet and happier; at least on your touch-enabled computer.

~Natarajan Kumaraswami

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