One of the notable new features of the Windows 8 Release Preview is that Windows 8 will allow multitouch gestures on touch pads.
Three default gestures will come with all laptops that have touch pads: pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scroll along the X and Y axes, and edge swiping. The last one is important because it will give you an easier way to activate the edges on non-touch-screen Windows 8 computers besides using the mouse.
It is reported that Microsoft is working with hardware manufacturers to build specialized mice that also support the features, most likely for desktop Windows 8 computers that don’t come with touch screens or for people doing at-home upgrades on non-touch screens.
When Windows 8 is finalized, you’ll be able set swiping in from the left edge to bring up the last viewed app, as it is on a touch screen, or for the Start screen button with thumbnails of the last viewed app, which on the touch screen is swiping in then back out from the left edge.
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