New PC mouse from Microsoft revealed

Microsoft is apparently still in the PC mouse hardware business and earlier this month it was revealed that the company is planning to release a new product in that division. Pocket-lint.com reports that during a Microsoft press event in London the company showed off the Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse. It's an upcoming wireless PC mouse that's currently due for release by the end of the month.

According to the story the The Explorer Touch Mouse has five buttons and also has a scroll pad that uses haptic touch technology. That means that the mouse's users will feel a slight vibration when using the pad to scroll through documents on a desktop. The new mouse also reportedly uses Microsoft's BlueTrack sensor technology that will allow the mouse to work on nearly any surface. Pricing for the mouse in the UK will be 69.99 pounds.

Microsoft's PC mouse division has been around for a long time and its current selection has a number of different products to choose from. All of these mice, including the newly revealed Explorer Touch Mouse, are made for general PC use as well as for businesses. However Microsoft has also sold a number of gaming themed PC mice under its Sidewinder brand. Earlier this year there were rumors that Microsoft was going to discontinue the Sidewinder gaming PC mouse brand due to bigger competition from other PC mouse companies like Razer. Logitech and others. However a Microsoft spokesperson later said that the Sidewinder line was not discontinued.

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I use a MS 6000 mouse for the laptop, and the logitech mouse at home. I have to use a mouse with buttons on BOTH sides because I'm a lefty, and still can't get use to using a right hand only mouse.
Funny though...I've ONLY used my RIGHT hand on the track pad.

xpclient said,
How does one drag/click and hold to drag with a touch mouse if it has no buttons?

I have the Arc Touch mouse, and this looks similar. On my mouse, only the scroll wheel has been replaced with a touch strip. The actual mouse left/right buttons are still physical buttons.

After a day, I was really comfortable using my mouse. The vibration feature is really nice, and the only thing that took a bit of time was learning to double tap the strip to do a middle click.

I'm in the market for a new mouse - my current one [a Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0, according to the underside] is starting to show it's age a wee-bit - while this is a bit out of my price range [and I'm not interested in tactile response], I'll have to have a look at the other mice that are currently on the market.

Dark_ph0enix said,
I'm in the market for a new mouse - my current one [a Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0, according to the underside] is starting to show it's age a wee-bit - while this is a bit out of my price range [and I'm not interested in tactile response], I'll have to have a look at the other mice that are currently on the market.

I love my Logitech Anywhere MX...

njlouch said,

Touchpad in a mouse is similar to the magic mouse.

microsoft is making keyboard and mouse for decades now, and that is really different from the apple's mm both in concept and realization

daPhoenix said,
Hey look, they're copying Apple. This is my surprised face.

Are you joking?
Cause Microsoft showed prototypes of the touch mouse before anybody heard of Magic Mouse. MS research tested ~7 different prototypes (optical/electrical/mechanical). You can easily find them on the Internet.
Too bad they were slow to manufacture the thing and Apple stole all the "thunder". If only magic mouse was actually comfortable to use...

daPhoenix said,
Hey look, they're copying Apple. This is my surprised face.

Microsoft had touch mice in R&D as early as 2007, and a public showing of the early technologies was released in a video in mid 2009.

Apple released an exact copy of the ideas from Microsoft R&D in October 2009.

Weird that Apple would have an EXACT implementation of the concepts Microsoft R&D were demonstrating? It is just like that time when TED had a multi-touch demonstration with 'made up' gestures for the presentation, and the Apple iPhone that debuted the next year had the same exact multi-touch concepts and even the same 'made up' gestures used in the TED demonstration like pinch to zoom.


So ya, Microsoft copies Apple, right after Apple saw what Microsoft R&D was doing and copied the idea from Microsoft.

The only thing Apple does well, is convince fools they are the 'inventors' of these ideas...

thenetavenger said,

The only thing Apple does well, is convince fools they are the 'inventors' of these ideas...

there's one of my friends that is 100% sure that steve jobs hinself invented internet "infact after inventing it, made (himself) a browser"
XD

daPhoenix said,
Hey look, they're copying Apple. This is my surprised face.

Ya cause god knows there are just MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of ways to shape a mouse that would actually make sense.

I find a lot of mice are getting smaller and that makes my hands ache and I prefer logitech as well using a trackman marble at the moment.

TRC said,
That doesn't look very comfortable. I've never liked Microsoft mice though, Logitech are so much better.

Neowin, why didn't you post the photo of this Microsoft Touch Mouse? It looks much better! http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...-us/p/touch-mouse/3KJ-00001

Update: I got it: the cool mouse is "Microsoft Touch Mouse" while this article is about "Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse" (and the older one is called "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse")