Microsoft Scrolls in a New Direction

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-09-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I can't overstate my appreciation for the scroll-wheel buttons that now grace most mice.

I cant overstate my appreciation for the scroll-wheel buttons that now grace most mice. Its tough to stomach much Web browsing without one.

Microsoft, which helped popularize the scroll button, has introduced a horizontal axis to its scroll wheels, starting with the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer, which began shipping earlier this month for $54.95.

This new feature wont rock my world—I dont do a lot of horizontal scrolling—but for users of spreadsheets and such, this could come in very handy.

In my tests, the horizontal scrolling, which requires special software that ships with the mouse, didnt work as smoothly as the vertical scrolling did.

For more information on this mouse, cruise "over" to www. microsoft.com/hardware/mouse.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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