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Microsoft launches a multi-touch mouse that is compatible with Lion

Microsoft has announced a new mouse with multi-touch technology that could eventually overshadow Magic Mouse itself, as it is compatible with OS X Lion.

It is not normal that in an Apple blog a post is written that deals entirely with Microsoft, but this time, we have to communicate that the new mouse Explorer Touch has been announced, which is its third multi-touch peripheral (the previous ones were Touch Mouse and Arc Touch Mouse ) which could be very interesting in view of the launch of OS X Lion.

Microsoft launches a multi-touch mouse that is compatible with Lion
Microsoft launches a multi-touch mouse that is compatible with Lion

And what’s wrong with this mouse that the Redmond boys had before? The Explorer Touch Mouse allows us to make movements on it in four different directions and slides in any direction . In addition, the wheel has three different speeds of movement. Externally, it has five programmable buttons and a completely curved design for added comfort. The only problem with it is that it includes radio frequency technology , which in contrast to Bluetooth has the disadvantage of requiring a USB receiver connected to the computer. But, at least, Microsoft rewards us for it, giving us 18 months of battery life and a high accuracy due to the use of blue laser.

The new Microsoft toy will arrive in stores in September for about $50 , compared to the $69 that Apple’s Magic Mouse costs. It will be available in four colors, black, gray and two ranges of red. But the most important thing, at least for us, is that, among its technical characteristics, it shows the compatibility with Mac (and of course, with Lion), although it does not specify to what extent this compatibility reaches and if it will recognize the default gestures of OS X, so we will have to wait for Microsoft itself to clarify these aspects since they can make us doubt more than one computer when selecting a mouse for our Mac.

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