Microsoft has released a first beta version of Microsoft Device Center 1.0, which is replacing the company’s IntelliPoint and IntelliPoint Pro applications. Both applications add system drivers and control software for Microsoft hardware, and here especially keyboards and mice.
The new Microsoft Device Center is available as a beta download at the official Microsoft Download Center. It can be downloaded there both as a 32-bit and 64-bit version.
The Device Center was designed from ground-up, offering customization options for Microsoft hardware connected to the PC. The following screenshot shows a keyboard customization screen.
Customize your Microsoft mice and keyboards with Microsoft Device Center beta software. This software combines the functionality of IntelliPoint and IntelliType Pro software.
- View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place.
- Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips.
- Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library.
- Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on your computer.
Microsoft recommends to remove any mouse programs from the computer before the new version of the software is installed. This includes previous versions of Intellipoint or IntelliPoint Pro, as well as other third party drivers or applications.
Microsoft’s Device Center is only compatibloe with the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system, and not with Vista or XP. Users should keep in mind that the program is released as a beta version, and as such should not be installed in a productive environment.
It is likely that we will see a final release at the time the Windows 8 operating system will come out as a final version.