Microsoft Improves Touchpad Scrolling On Windows 10 With Touch-Initiated Fling For Chromium

Microsoft has made numerous contributions to the Chromium project during the past few months. The company started contributing to the project soon after its decision to adopt the Chromium engine for its new Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft’s contributions introduced some major changes in the Chromium powered browsers including Vivaldi, Opera, and Google Chrome.

A new addition to the Chromium project suggests that Microsoft’s engineers are all set to improve the touchpad-based scrolling in Chromium browsers. The tech giant wants to fix the slow scrolling on the touchpad by bringing touch-initiated fling animation available in Windows 10.

This change was triggered as a result of a bug post by Chrome user back in 2016. The bug post reads:

Scrolling should behave the same, or at least similar to other system applications. The page should move an amount that is consistent with other applications given the same amount of input. Scrolling is very slow, flick scroll gestures end almost immediately rather than inertial as expected.

According to a recent commit, Microsoft had added support for Windows 10 touch-initiated fling animation to resolve this problem. A similar feature is already available in native Windows apps and old Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft explains the functionality of this feature in the Chromium Gerrit Commit:

Add Win specific touch-initiated fling animation

This CL will enable Chromium on Windows to have a touch fling inertia that behaves more like Edge and other native applications. Note that this implementation does not modify the curve depending on the scroller’s size, something that may be desired. User feedback will be used to determine the importance of bringing that behavior to Chromium.

Google Chrome: Enable experimental fling animation

A Reddit user confirmed that a flag to enable this feature is already available in the latest Chrome Canary build. However, as the feature is currently in experimental stages it might not work as expected at the moment.

Notably, as of now, Chromium’s Edge Canary build does not have this flag. It seems like Microsoft needs a few more weeks to finalize this feature for the browser.

Have you spotted the feature in Chrome Canary? Does it work? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.