To call it nerfed when a newer idea (decade ago?) isn't implemented isn't nerfed. It's just not implemented.
Moving on. There was a change in direction from the right edge single finger scroll to a two finger scroll.
I'm not privy to why this change but I do use a lot of PC.
Here, the laptop I'm on uses the two finger scroll method. Works fine.
I just got my first Win10 laptop, an Asus Zenbook 3 UX330UA.
As far as I can tell, I cannot set my touchpad to have the sidebars which allow you to swipe scroll with one finger. The closest option is the two-finger scrolling, which I might be able to live with, except it seems that "chiral" scrolling is not available. This was the highly useful feature that allowed you to scroll in a window, such as a long text document or webpage, infinitely by moving your finger in a spiral motion once you started scrolling.
Why would they reduce the functionality of this? Or am I mistaken in that it is not available? Why isn't this a big deal? For me, it almost makes the touchpad useless.