Originally Posted by strollin
I don't see your point. How does horizontal only scrolling make it clear that only a touch screen was taken into consideration? I seem to be able to scroll left-right just fine with my mouse. I agree that scrolling in Windows has typically been vertical in the past but disagree that the departure from that means only a touch interface was considered.
Are there functions that can only be done using touch, that can't be duplicated using a mouse?
It's not that the mouse can't do. The mouse is a mimic for a (finger) pointer, so I am sure that it can do what most fingers do, perhaps even a bit more.
It's whether the design was intended for a mouse.
The up-and-down scroll, for example, is just right for a mouse, and can be executed by a simple drag, the rolling of the wheel, or the press-and-drag of the wheel. The sensitivity of the drag and the wheel can both be configured to one's preference.
The left-and-right "scroll," on the other hand, is less responsive and less configurable. It can still be done, but just does not have the same adroitness to it. And I don't think it's because the users are not used to it yet. But rather these problems are non-issues for finger swipes, and MS left it at that.