IntelliMouse

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IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

IntelliMouse is a series of computer mice from Microsoft. The IntelliMouse series is credited with a number of innovations[1] - for example, Microsoft was among the first mouse vendors to introduce a scroll wheel,[2] an optical mouse, and dedicated auxiliary buttons on the side of the mouse. They use IntelliPoint drivers and its main competitor throughout the years has been Logitech.

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The original IntelliMouse was introduced on July 22, 1996, with its stand out feature being its scrolling wheel.[3] Its design was based to that of the Microsoft Mouse 2.0 from 1993.

In 1997 Microsoft made the IntelliMouse Trackball, a variant featuring a trackball. In May 1998 the IntelliMouse Pro was released, a redesign of the original IntelliMouse.[4]

The IntelliMouse Explorer was introduced on April 14, 1999 at COMDEX. This new version featured IntelliEye optical tracking technology, eliminating the need of a mouse ball or mat. Microsoft called it the "most radical computer mouse technology and design advancement" since computer mice were introduced in the 1960s.[5] It was released on October 4, 1999.[6]

IntelliMouse Explorer 2.0 was introduced in 2003, including a wireless variant called IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth. The 3.0 version was also made that year but later discontinued, before being re-released in 2006.[7]

On October 17, 2017, Microsoft revived the series with the new Classic IntelliMouse, featuring a new dark look based on the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 design and featuring BlueTrack technology, allowing it to be used on glass surfaces.[8][9]

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