Microsoft touch pack is a combination of Microsoft surface globe,Microsoft Lagoon and Microsoft Collage.Initially multi touch was available only in Microsoft Surface but later this feature got introduced in Windows and it was also demonstrated last year.Now with Windows 7 and with Microsoft touch pack, it is easy to feel the real experience of touch facility with microsoft surface and also enjoy other features.
So what is all in Touch pack? With Microsoft Surface Globe its easy to see 2D and 3D effects and with fingers you can slide in any direction,zoom in and out,rotate in any direction.Microsoft Lagoon is screen saver and interactive water simulation where you can touch and play with water like attracting a fish in the pond or increase the number of fish in the pond.Microsoft Collage is all about playing with photos and arranging in a required format and also you can save the arrangements as desktop background
So with the free version of Microsoft touch pack its not easy to get the real hands with Microsoft surface and also with other multi touch features.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b152fadd-82e4-4ddb-a46a-aebe49944428&displaylang=en
You can download microsoft touch pack from the following link
Silverlight is the recent and trendy product from Microsoft as it includes lot of features like videostraming,3D features ,animation as you have in flash.Its very difficult to release a second product and get a chance as the market is already crowded with Adobe’s flash and video player.But Microsoft is now successful in video streaming with some real user experience.There is a real evidence that CBSSports.com streamed more than 11 million hours of live audio and video during the tournament.NBCOlympics also used Silverlight to stream the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Earlier it was blamed that most of the silverlight sample animations was achieved by Adobe flash and not by Silverlight.Many were under the impression that high end animations can only be developed with Flash and not at all possible with Silverlight.
But Microsoft today proves that all kind animations with 3D effect can be developed with Silverlight.Microsoft has released 4 versions of Silverlight in two years time frame.Each version has its own improvements and they also provide many kind of controls to build applications and also many new animation and 3D features.
Recently Apple has not provided the support for Adobe Flash in iPad and hence Microsoft is planning have talks with Apple to build some Silverlight features in iPad.
First prerequisite to experience Microsoft Surface is that your system should have the latest version of Silverlight.Now we can understand the importance of Silverlight as it is going to form a major part in almost all the microsoft future releases.
Microsoft surface is not just the touch computer its going to be a “Multi touch” computer which is really an amazing feature.We can use almost all our fingers while we operate on Microsoft surface.
Its has a 30 inch touch screen which also allows multiple users to interact with the system at the same time.It also has the capability to interact with physical objects like mobiles when placed on the screen.
All the Base work of Microsoft surface lies with the cameras and Image recognition system.
Microsoft has given various tools for the developers to build application on microsoft surface.But before all that one should have a sound knowledge in WCF,WPF and silverlight concepts