If you’ve been experiencing some issues with your laptop’s touchpad when using Windows 8, trust us when we say you’re not alone. One of the biggest complaints Windows 8 users have had with the software is how trackpads don’t work how they should as some gestures just aren’t recognized and some laptops not being able to let users scroll through a simple web page. Microsoft looks to be taking Windows 8’s trackpad issues serious as they are working closely with their partners to help improve the generally mixed experience users have had over the past couple of months.
Microsoft has been specifically working with Intel, Elan and Synaptics so Windows 8.1 could directly control a trackpad’s pointer, multi-touch and gesture support. This means Windows 8.1 users can expect future laptop trackpads to work more like mini touch-screens while also including smoother scrolling and improved zooming and panning.
The improvements to trackpad support is expected to debut later this year, although it’s unknown at this time which manufacturers will be able to use Precision Touchpad on their devices. Whether or not this improvement will help previously released laptops’ touchpads is yet to be seen, but if it doesn’t, we’re sure there are going to be a lot of angry Windows 8 users attempting to write a letter to Microsoft with their malfunctioning trackpad.