MICROSOFT HARDWARE LAUNCHES DEVICE CENTER BETA

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While this App looks METRO, and it’s advertised as a Beta (and only works on keyboards and mice at the moment), and while it installs an app to the METRO environment, it launches and works *NOT* in the metro environment but from the classic desktop mode. This seems kind of like a cop out for me.. I haven’t tried this app on Windows 7 but I am almost betting it will run there as well.. LOL

Obviously, FAUX Metro is the way to go.. With the options presented here, I could re-write this app’s UI myself in a few minutes as a real METRO app. So why they did a classic desktop app alone here is beyond me or one that (shocker) works both places and integrates into both. This is a little bit of a letdown considering this is marketed as a beta. Give us one app to rule them all.. It’s not that difficult is it ?

The app is still quite functional and usable in the “Classic Desktop Mode” Here’s what it looked like when it found my Arc Touch Mouse.. Will this be a common thing ? Will Microsoft still use classic desktop mode for things ? Is it too soon to have expected this built into the metro control panel ?

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Download Link:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/downloads/device-center

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About Don Burnett

Changing how people interact with software

Posted on March 21, 2012, in Microsoft Device Center, Windows 8 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

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