Microsoft to launch Apple Magic Mouse killer in September

“Microsoft’s mystery touch device is actually a competitor to Apple’s Magic Mouse,” Electronista reports.

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“Both a leak and a store listing point to the Arc Touch Mouse having its namesake touch surface instead of traditional clicks,” Electronista reports. “It was originally the result of a research project into a multi-touch mouse whose details were published just as Apple was shipping its own device.”

Full article here.

Tom Warren reports for Neowin that Microsoft “plans to unveil [the] new Arc Touch Mouse in September.”

“Microsoft plans to introduce the multi-touch mouse as a cheap alternative to costly touch displays for use with Windows 7,” Warren reports. “It’s understood this is a basic implementation of touch and will likely not support multi-touch initially. It’s expected to retail at approximately $70 according to some online price listings.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Derivativesoft. Stay tuned for the uni-touch “Arc Touch Trackpad” at least a year late, too!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jax44” for the heads up.]


  1. “Magic Mouse killer”?

    Like ‘The Wicked Pussy of the West’? No?
    ‘M-Con Mouse Bait’?
    ‘Sticky Nots’?

    Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be cheesy….

  2. To be fair to MS, they were already working on it when the magic mouse shipped. Also, I know it might be blasphemy to some, but I think MS has always made good mice, so it MIGHT be interesting to see where they plan to go with this.

    Tell you what though. If MS makes a touch-sensitive mouse that allows a right click WITHOUT needing to lift your left finger, they will be a step ahead of Apple in my book – in mice, anyhow.

  3. I find it interesting how MS and other companies like it always announce future copy cat projects months in advance while Apple at least tries to surprise people with new products.

    It is as it they all are trying to such the air out of the room with their “Hey, we thought of that too” jumping up and down, trying to get attention.

  4. So, wait…

    It’s coming out several months after Apple’s Magic Mouse, probably won’t “initially” support multi-touch gestures and even costs (a little) more? Gee, sign me up for one immediately!


  5. Go Steve Ballmer! If Apple can do it than Microsoft can … could have … is researching it … is looking to one of their vendors to figure it out … I am sorry, real people are not willing to give up their mouse!!!

    Microsoft’s copying department is 2 generations behind on this. This is getting sadder and sadder.

  6. @ deepdish

    This tactic in the computer industry goes back more than 40 years. The classic pervayor of this type of information was IBM. DEC/Univac/Burroughs/etc. would come out with some new system and *immediately* IBM would send out their team of salesmen to tell their customers that they should not consider the new equipment from the competitor but rather should wait for the next generation from IBM that would have all those “bells and whistles” plus so much more. In reality, when IBM finally did ship something it was less capable and *way* late, but the IBM sheep bought into the lie time and time again.

    For Microsoft it is a matter of preaching to their huge installed base. If someone wants a touch device, why worry about possible compatibiltiy issues of integrating an Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad when Microsoft will have something “good enough” out “soon”?

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