Microsoft released a desktop especially created for Mac users: Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac.
Microsoft's new Mac mouse enjoys Microsoft® High Definition Laser and Microsoft Intelligent Tracking System technology, making it much more accurate, responsive, and smooth. The built-in Tilt Wheel is meant for smarter document and web browsing.
Both the keyboard and mouse are wireless, preventing unnecessary cable scrambling and guaranteeing an entertaining and stress-free utilization from up to 6 feet.
Microsoft® Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac operates on the Macintosh, including the new Intel-based Mac machines, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection.
The Comfort Curve Keyboard assures natural hand and wrist layout (enhanced finger grooves and thumb scoop ) as well as a cushioned palm rest, increasing comfort and productivity.
It features a glossy silver finish, Mac Modifier Keys, Zoom Slider, five Favorite Keys, Eject key, and user-set Hot Keys.
The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac will be available this summer for an estimated retail price of $99.95.
As another debut, it is the first Microsoft keyboard without the Windows Start button, since its introduction.
Microsoft's High Definition Laser technology guarantees 1,000 dots per inch (DPI) for more responsiveness and 6,000 frames per second (FPS) for better precision.
Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit Director Scott Erickson:
"We are excited to see our colleagues on the Microsoft Hardware team provide this Mac-only keyboard and mouse to strengthen Microsoft's lineup of products for Mac users, which includes our productivity suite, Office 2004 for Mac. This launch further demonstrates Microsoft's commitment to enhancing the computing experience for Mac users. We were able to preview the product at Macworld this January and saw firsthand the very favorable response from Mac customers."
The Mac desktop from Microsoft requires Mac OS X version 10.4x (excluding 10.0), while those running Mac OS X v10.2.x must install enclosed IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint software before connecting the hardware. Users of Mac OS X v10.3.x must upgrade to Mac OS X v10.3.9 before connecting hardware OR install the enclosed IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint software before connecting the hardware.
A 30MB hard disk space, and an USB port are also necessary, while the 4 AA batteries will be included.
Internet Hot Keys are supported for use with: Browser support (only with software installed): Apple Safari 1.2, Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.2.3, Netscape Navigator 7, Mozilla Firefox 1.0, and Opera 7.
Microsoft's Multimedia Hot Keys are supported for use with iTunes.
A smart receiver mounted on Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac improves 27MHz wireless technology and cuts down on interference. The included smart receiver and intuitive software notify users when interference occurs from other wireless devices, such as a cordless phone, and offer ways to reduce it.