Microsoft introduced the IntelliMouse 3.0 peripheral for Windows 95 in July ’96. That was a mouse which had a couple of notable innovations. The IntelliMouse series expanded until the mouse was seemingly discontinued around 2012.
However, Microsoft has now launched a remake of the IntelliMouse this October that retains the classic look and feel of the original mouse.
The original IntelliMouse was among the first to include a scroll wheel to scroll down pages with. That is now effectively the middle button widely included on most mice peripherals.
It was also among the first mouses to have an optical sensor, which replaced trackballs. Speaking of which, if you miss those trackball mice, check out this list to learn what are the best orbit trackball mice that you can buy today.
Senior Microsoft manager Mr Reed said of the mouse:
The original Microsoft IntelliMouse is one of those ubiquitous products that’s instantly recognized, and whose general design is still widely used decades after its launch… I still have a bunch of them kicking around in my garage.
Now the IntelliMouse is back with a bang with the new Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse. The Classic IntelliMouse is retailing at $39.99 at the MS Store.
This remake of the original mouse retains the look and feel of the IntelliMouse as it has the same shape and design.
The Classic IntelliMouse is further enhanced with BlueTrack Technology. This means it works on a wider range of surfaces including glass and plastic. The mouse also has a 3,200 DPI sensor for more precise tracking.
Classic IntelliMouse has five buttons, with one scroll wheel button and a couple more on the side. You can also customize three of those buttons on some of the supported platforms.
Classic IntelliMouse is compatible with Windows 10 Home & Pro editions, Windows 10 S, Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 7. However, you can’t customize the mouse’s buttons on Win 7 or Windows 10 S.Classic IntelliMouse will certainly revive some nostalgia for what was originally a revolutionary mouse.
You can snap up the new mouse at this web page.
The launch of the Classic IntelliMouse also coincides with the release of the Surface Precision Mouse, which this article provides further details for.