Application developers have more and more device types to deal with, from ubiquitous smartphones and traditional desktop and laptop PCs, to large-format touchscreen displays and even emerging virtual and augmented reality platforms like HoloLens. The Fluent Design System is specifically designed and continually evolving to make it is easier for developers to integrate modern features for the mixed device ecosystem. The Fluent features added to the Windows 10 platform in the Fall Creators Update are a powerful case in point, enabling applications to feel natural, no matter on what device they run.
Fluent UI features like light, blur and depth combine to enable compelling and intuitive experiences that allow users to do more. But until recently, challenges remained for users trying get the most out of their devices. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Fluent adds two features that solve both problems today: Swipe Gesture Actions and Connected Animations.
Swipe Gesture Actions
It comes as no surprise that sales of touchscreen-equipped PCs continue to grow. The question for developers is how to help users do more by enabling interaction models that work both for touchscreen PCs and classic keyboard and mouse.
The answer comes in the form of on-object commanding, which has been around for years via either a right-click or a tap and hold. These tried and true methods are well understood, but with a bit of work you can build in accelerators that leverage the capabilities of the device ecosystem to make them better....
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