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 through the years has been Logitech.

History[edit]

The original IntelliMouse was introduced on July 22, 1996, with its stand-out feature being a scroll wheel.[3] Its design was based on 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 version featured IntelliEye optical tracking technology, eliminating the need for a mouse ball or mousepad.[5] It had five buttons (two on top, a scroll wheel that could be depressed, and two on the left side of the mouse).[5][6] It was asymmetrical and designed for right-handed users.[6] 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.[7]

The IntelliMouse Optical was released in April 2000. It had five buttons – two on top, the scroll wheel, and one on each side of the mouse.[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.[8]

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.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.theverge.com/2012/7/18/3155619/microsoft-intellimouse-status-symbols
  2. ^ Note however: "Mouse Systems ProAgio Scroll Mouse". oldmouse.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15. In 1995 Mouse Systems, owned by KYE since 1990, produced the world's first mouse with a scroll wheel. It sold as Mouse Systems ProAgio and Genius EasyScroll under Kye. [...] Microsoft seized the idea and marketed the concept as part of their IntelliMouse® in 1996.
  3. ^ "Microsoft announces Microsoft IntelliMouse". Microsoft. 22 July 1996. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ https://news.microsoft.com/1998/05/28/microsoft-unveils-its-most-full-featured-mouse-ever-wheel-equipped-intellimouse-pro-offers-outstanding-comfort/
  5. ^ a b c "Microsoft's sleek new IntelliMouse Explorer and IntelliEye technology toss out the mouse ball today at COMDEX" (Press release). Microsoft. 19 April 1999. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Waring, Becky (30 March 2000). "Microsoft builds a magical mouse / new buttons, scroll wheel and no gummy ball". SFGate. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Microsoft announces availability of IntelliMouse Explorer". Microsoft. 4 October 1999. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.extremetech.com/computing/55964-the-microsoft-intellimouse-explorer-30review
  9. ^ https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/16488406/microsoft-classic-intellimouse-features
  10. ^ https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2017/10/27/microsoft-just-revived-one-of-the-best-mice-ever-created-to-disappointing-results/