Microsoft Introduces World’s Most Powerful Optical Technology

REDMOND, Wash., March 21, 2001 — The Hardware Group at Microsoft Corp. continues to lead in desktop technology innovation with the introduction of the entirely new, proprietary Microsoft® IntelliEye™
optical sensor, marking another milestone for the company that introduced the optical mouse category. Microsoft’s new IntelliEye technology offers twice the performance of any other platform in the world.

“We wanted to deliver the best-possible optical mousing experience, so we developed our new IntelliEye technology from the ground up,”
said Melinda Graetz, product manager for the mouse line at Microsoft.
“This new sensor scans the desktop faster than any other platform, giving customers unprecedented accuracy they can only get from Microsoft.”

IntelliEye technology surpasses the performance of all other optical mouse vendors, which are confined to the same chip produced by the same supplier. The competition captures up to 2,500 frames per second, but the new IntelliEye sensor captures 6,000 frames per second, providing the smoothest, most precise and fastest tracking speed to date.

“Customers looking for quality and performance will appreciate the tracking benefits of our new IntelliEye technology,”
Graetz said.
“We’re excited to integrate it into our new wired and wireless optical product line that is coming this fall.”

The new, more powerful IntelliEye is emerging just two years after the introduction of Microsoft’s award-winning optical mouse line, which marked the first major advancement in the category’s 30-year history. By replacing roller-ball mechanics found in standard mouse products — and eliminating the need for mouse pads — Microsoft revolutionized the computer mouse industry, selling more than 5.5 million optical mouse products worldwide since 1999.

The Microsoft Hardware Group focuses on creating products of exceptional design, quality and durability that improve the software experience and strengthen the connection between users and their PCs.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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