Microsoft Introduces Cordless Wheel Mouse

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 1, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today introduced its Cordless Wheel Mouse, which combines the reliability of digital two-channel radio technology with the freedom of a mouse unfettered by a cord. The Microsoft® Cordless Wheel Mouse also features three programmable buttons and the IntelliMouse® pointing device, making scrolling and zooming within compatible documents and Web pages easy and efficient.

The Cordless Wheel Mouse can be used up to 5 feet from its receiver, which is easily attached to the PC through a round (PS/2-compatible) mouse port. With digital two-channel radio technology, users can depend on the Cordless Wheel Mouse to work almost anywhere on their desktop, even if their PC is under the desk or out of sight.

“The Cordless Wheel Mouse is an ideal solution for users who don’t want to be tied to a cord,”
said Tim McDonough, Mouse Line product manager at Microsoft.
“This mouse offers them the popular IntelliMouse scrolling wheel in a cordless product.”

Pricing and Availability

The Cordless Wheel Mouse is scheduled to be widely available Oct. 1, 1999, for an estimated retail price of $44.95.

System Requirements

To use the Cordless Wheel Mouse with the scroll wheel, users need IntelliPoint 3.0 software (included); a PC running either the Windows® 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT® 4.0 (with Service Pack 3) operating system; 25 MB of hard drive space; a CD-ROM drive; and two AAA batteries (included). Cordless Wheel Mouse can be used with a PS/2 port or with the serial port adapter (included).

Microsoft Hardware Group

The Microsoft Hardware Group employs innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that improve the software experience and strengthen the connection between users and their PCs.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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