20/01/2012 17:28 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, Tech & Gadgets
The Microsoft Mouse turns 30

Microsoft Mouse

Microsoft Mouse. Image Bill Buxton (© Bill Buxton)
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  • EasyBall. Image Bill Buxton (© Bill Buxton)
  • Microsoft IntelliMouse (optical). Image Microsoft (© Microsoft)
  • Microsoft Trackball Explorer. Image Microsoft (© Microsoft)
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Microsoft Mouse

Microsoft released their first mouse for the IBM Personal Computer way back in 1983 (work began a year earlier when Microsoft Hardware set about designing a mouse for use with Microsoft Word). It was nicknamed the "Green Eye Mouse" - the name derives from the protruding buttons which look like little green eyes. Unlike the rubber-balled mouse of later years, this early version glided on 3 small steel balls and a larger steel ball helped to pinpoint its position.

(Thanks to Microsoft's Bill Buxton for the excellent imagery - you can view his Collection here)

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