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Go, Go Gadget Mouse: Innovative Four-in-One Device

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Go, Go Gadget Mouse: Microsoft Unveils Innovative Four-in-One Device

Microsoft puts mobile productivity in the palm of your hand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand. - Sept. 20, 2006 - Are you a road warrior? Tired of having so many gadgets to carry while on the road? Consider the problem solved by the revolutionary industrial design of Microsoft’s new Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000, the first notebook mouse to serve as a four-in-one device. It functions as a slide presenter, a laser pointer with digital ink, a media remote control and a 2.4GHz Bluetooth® laser notebook mouse. Whether clicking through the slides of a presentation, highlighting a key message with the laser pointer, skipping to the next track of a CD or scrolling through documents on a laptop, this mouse is the only tool for ultimate productivity and entertainment on the go.


It’s All in the Presentation

Now more than ever, people are working on the go resulting in skyrocketing sales of notebook PCs and notebook accessories. With the versatile Microsoft® Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000, users can forget about time wasted fumbling between devices; it takes them right from content creation to presentation. With one click of the mode-switching button and a turn of the wrist, users can move from mousing to running meetings and high-stakes presentations with confidence.

The bottom side of the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 features all the control buttons needed for easy presentation navigation — forward, back and full screen — and even includes a laser pointer for highlighting a key statistic or graph. It’s not only a breeze to use the mouse features to show the sales team the play by play of last quarter’s results. Users can also unleash their inner sports commentator, clicking the digital ink button to draw right on the screen just like the pros.


Media Remote Functionality

When consumers are ready to unwind or need to view multimedia content for work, they needn’t worry about finding a separate remote; they can just tap into the media control capabilities of the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000. The presentation keypad also acts as a media control pad; users can play, pause, change tracks and adjust volume, or watch a DVD — and it’s compatible with RealPlayer, iTunes and Windows Media® Player.

“We pride ourselves on building cool products with cutting-edge design and innovations that lead the industry,” says Matt Barlow, director of marketing and partner development for Microsoft Hardware. “This mouse is a prime example of how we respond to the multiple ways people interact with their PC. We’re simplifying the digital puzzle of home and office peripherals with one device that puts all-in-one multifunctional control in the palm of your hand.”


A Better Wireless Experience

The Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 is also a no-compromises notebook mouse that features superior wireless performance, including a battery life indicator and an on/off switch to help users conserve battery life. 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology delivers the ultimate wireless experience, with up to nine metres (30 feet) of range and enhanced security. The mouse also comes with First Connect Technology, so there are no set-up hassles; it works right out of the box. And for added convenience, the transceiver supports a variety of Bluetooth profiles for connections to multiple Bluetooth devices. The Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 is ideal for home or corporate environments with multiple computers, with virtually no interference thanks to intelligent technology that “hops” when it encounters a trouble spot.


All That and a House for the Mouse Too

The Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 mouse comes loaded with Microsoft’s signature comfort and performance features, including High Definition laser technology, ergonomic design, Tilt Wheel and Magnifier button. New features include the Instant Viewer tool, with which at the touch of the button users can see each project they are working on and easily switch between applications for added productivity.


The mouse also comes with a carrying case to hold the transceiver and protect the mouse. Whether users are at home or on the go, the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 is the only device they need to deliver effective presentations, play media content and comfortably navigate on a PC.


Pricing and Availability

The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 will be available in late October 2006 with a recommended retail price of $159 (NZ). *


About Microsoft Hardware

For more than two decades, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. Microsoft IntelliMouse® Explorer, which launched in 1999, earned a place on PCWorld.com’s December 2005 list of “The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years” as the first mainstream optical mouse that “brought gunk-free pointing devices” to a broad consumer base.


About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

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*Actual retail price may vary.


Information contained herein relates to a pre-release product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the product when first commercially released. This document is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to this document or the information contained in it.

Microsoft, Windows Media and IntelliMouse are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by the Bluetooth SIG Inc. and any use of such marks by Microsoft Corp. is under license.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


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