Windows 7 Device Stage makes it very easy for users to work with printers, cameras, phones, music players, and other devices connected to the machine. Device Stage works as a central hub for all your hardware and gives the associated status, tasks, and settings information. For each device, it gives a menu of popular tasks for that type of that device. In previous versions of Windows, these were often located in separate menus.
To find out which devices are compatible with Windows 7, go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center website.
Microsoft has now released a free product for the partners and device manufacturers – Device Stage Visual Editor Tool – with the intention of smoothing the process of tailoring third-party hardware to Windows 7 and enhance the user experience.
The Device Stage Visual Editor Tool is an intuitive process to create a device’s own customized and branded Device Stage experience with realistic device icons, eye-catching branding, and tasks tailored to the needs of their customers.
Windows 7 Device Stage Visual Editor Tool download
The Windows 7 Device Stage Visual Editor Tool is available for download here.
If you are a developer or devices enthusiast, you might want to check the Device Track at the Windows Summit (Free regisration required). At the track, you can discover how Windows 7 enables partners to create a great device experience that is specific to their PC or device and a custom user experiences that improves usability and reduces support costs.
Targeted at software and device firmware engineers, topics include an overview and demo of the main elements of the Windows 7 Device Experience, an introduction to the device logo program process, and how-to instruction that will help you create devices that make the most of Windows 7.