Zomit wrote: Microsoft launched its first mouse 40 years ago; A product known as the green-eyed monster.
Microsoft announced this week that no new mouse, keyboard or webcam will be produced or sold under this brand name, and the company will instead produce accessories for its next personal computer under the Surface brand name.
According to Neowin, the news of stopping the production of the new keyboard mouse with the Microsoft brand is published while it has been 40 years since the introduction of the first mouse of this company.
The activity of Microsoft’s hardware department began in 1982; When this company released the Z80 SoftCard for the Apple 2 computer. The Redmond-based tech giant also launched new mice for IBM PCs
Microsoft launched its first mouse with a price tag of $195, which was very high at the time. This is while today you can buy a modern wireless gaming mouse with Logitech or Razer brand at the same price.
The first Microsoft mouse had two green buttons, which gave this mouse a special character, and that’s why it was known as the “green-eyed monster”. This product does not use the USB interface and instead uses the InPort ISA interface. The design of this mouse was slightly curved, which made it easier to hold than similar products in its class.
If you are curious, you can download a PDF of the printed manual of Microsoft’s first mouse from the company’s website. This document provides a fascinating look at the personal computer technology of the last 40 years, and it is even possible to download mouse software with Word for the DOS operating system.
Of course, Microsoft’s green-eyed mouse did not sell well. It is said that this company produced 100,000 units of this product and only 5,000 units were sold.