Microsoft Cuts Clutter With Full-Function Wireless Desktop

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today introduced its first Wireless Desktop for customers looking for the convenience of a wireless keyboard and an ambidextrous wireless mouse. The new Microsoft® Wireless Desktop includes Microsoft’s first Wireless Keyboard and new Wireless Wheel Mouse. Together, they deliver a complete set of integrated, clutter-free desktop hardware. The package will be available this February for $74.95 (U.S.).*

The Wireless Desktop package features the following:

  • The Wireless Wheel Mouse , also sold separately, is designed to increase desktop comfort and efficiency. The Wireless Wheel Mouse includes accelerated scrolling features that enable smooth, faster navigation of long Web pages and documents.

  • The Wireless Keyboard from Microsoft, created for Internet exploration, allows users to experience one-touch access to Web services, e-mail and more. Functions linked to the keyboard’s 10 Hot Keys are Back, Forward, Stop, Mail, Search, Favorite, Web Home, My Computer, Calculator and Sleep.

  • IntelliType Pro keyboard and IntelliPoint mouse software allow users to reassign mouse buttons to perform frequently used functions such as cut and paste, or personalize the keyboard to launch a preferred Web site.

“More people are turning to wireless hardware in an effort to reduce clutter and eliminate cords,”
said Christy Hughes, product marketing manager for keyboards at Microsoft.
“For these users, this package delivers high-quality functionality from the minute they take it out of the box.”

The Wireless Wheel Mouse and Wireless Keyboard interact with a receiver via two-channel radio frequency technology. The two available channels and 250 unique identification codes help users avoid desktop clutter while experiencing performance up to six feet away from the receiver — even if it is out of sight. The Wireless Desktop operates with the Microsoft Windows® 98 or later operating system using Service Pack 6 or later, or with Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) or Windows XP and a PS/2 port.

Microsoft also announced today that the Wireless Wheel Mouse will be sold separately for $39.95 (U.S.).*

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 computers.

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.

* Prices are estimated retail prices. Actual prices may vary.

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