New Microsoft IntelliMouse Explores Uncharted Mac Territory

REDMOND, Wash., July 21, 1999 — Today at MACWORLD EXPO/New York, Microsoft Corp. announced that its innovative IntelliMouse® Explorer, featuring IntelliEye TM optical tracking technology in place of a mouse ball, will be the first Microsoft® pointing device with dual Macintosh and PC functionality. The unveiling of the IntelliMouse Explorer’s bold design and innovative technology sent traditional mouse balls and mouse pads running for cover at COMDEX/Spring in April.

Sporting a sleek new design with a silver industrial finish and glowing red underside and taillight, the IntelliMouse Explorer is an extreme departure for the computer mouse. IntelliEye optical tracking technology replaces the mouse ball with an optical sensor and digital signal processor (DSP) that work together to provide smooth, precise pointer movement and pinpoint accuracy.

In addition to its new look and new tracking technology, the IntelliMouse Explorer provides users with a scrolling wheel and two customizable buttons that can be used for effortless Internet navigation or for time-saving program shortcuts, such as print, save, copy, cut or paste. The Explorer will connect to iMacs and Power Macintoshes via the USB port.

“We know Mac users appreciate superior design and functionality in their hardware,”
said Tim McDonough, Mouse Line product manager at Microsoft.
“Graphic designers and others whose work requires extreme accuracy will love the Explorer IntelliEye tracking ability.”

“Apple’s innovations in functionality, esthetics and USB support continue to raise the bar for other manufacturers,”
said Clent Richardson, vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, Apple Computer Inc.
“The solid technology and cool silver design of the IntelliMouse Explorer should make it a big hit with Macintosh users.”

Pricing and Availability

The IntelliMouse Explorer is scheduled to be widely available in October 1999 for an estimated retail price of $74.95.

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Use of the IntelliMouse Explorer with a Macintosh requires one-time download of IntelliPoint software.

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