The new operating system to be launched on Oct. 22, 2009, will work with Microsoft Hardware’s products including mice, keyboards, LifeCams, gaming devices, and notebook accessories. Microsoft Hardware will launch new features for Windows 7 in the coming months for its peripherals. 

These include a timesaving feature called Taskbar Favorites that gives Microsoft keyboard users a new way to access their most frequently used programs and documents. Taskbar Favorites will map to the location of applications on the improved Windows taskbar. The applications in the taskbar can be rearranged just by clicking and dragging, and Taskbar Favorites will automatically adapt to the applications’ new locations.

More on Microsoft Hardware and Windows 7 connection include:

  • Device Stage. Microsoft Hardware mouse and keyboard products will support Device Stage, a Windows 7 feature that gives users access to common tasks, including product information, registration, settings, and more for popular device categories such as cell phones, cameras, printers, portable media players and input devices.
  • Windows Flip. Microsoft mouse and keyboard users can see a thumbnail preview of all open windows with the press of a button. A full-screen preview of the application will automatically display, enabling the user to better identify and select the desired application.
  • Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Photo Gallery. LifeCam users will be able to do more with photos and movies. With Movie Maker, they can start a movie project with one click, and then upload video to social networking sites. Photo Gallery access will enable them to upload a photo that they can edit, tag, and share with others.

Last year, Microsoft had introduced the pre-beta release of Windows 7, a new client operating system that promises to work for PCs, devices, and the Web. (Read: Windows 7 to Create New Vistas for Microsoft)

It had also given description of some of the features that you’ll get in the new operating system. Touch-screen-based PC control and connectivity with cell phones and digital cameras are among the attractions. (Read: What’s New for You in Windows 7)

The company informs that hardware products tested under Microsoft specifications for compatibility with the new operating system will display a Windows 7 logo on the product.

Beta versions of Microsoft mouse, keyboard, controller and webcam software are available now for Windows 7. Final versions of product software, which include Taskbar Favorites, Device Stage, Windows Flip, Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Photo Gallery, will be available June 26 for mice and keyboards and July 31 for LifeCam products. 

For people currently using the Windows 7 release candidate, beta versions of software can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/windows7/support.mspx.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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