Microsoft officially announces its “magic mouse”, the Arc Touch

by Justin Horn on Sep 1st, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

Debbie Uttecht from Microsoft Hardware Blog:

After much anticipation, we are excited to announce the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse! You might have seen the teases we shared on Twitter –we were trying to get you thinking about things that were flat and when you see this mouse you’ll know why.  Some of the creative responses we got surprised us!

You’ll remember just a couple weeks ago we reported on the rumored new device, which Neowin correctly guessed was a new Arc Touch mouse. Also, now takes you to the product website instead of a Bing search. Pre-orders are open today for a release sometime in December.

The big difference, compared to Apple’s touch mouse, is only the silver strip is “touchable”. Also, the gestures are pretty basic when compared to Apple’s multi-touch capabilities. The rest of the mouse just works like a regular mouse. Microsoft’s selling point is that you can flatten the mouse for easy transport and then arc it for more traditional comfort. I can see a market for this, but if they try to get more than $30 for it, I think it’s going to be a hard sell.

UPDATE Here’s the link to the announcement on the main website:

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