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Microsoft Garage Has A Mouse Without Borders

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Microsoft has come up with an ingenious tool that enables Windows users to use the same mouse across different computers.

It's what we normally would refer to as a "labs" project, a piece of software that resulted from ideas that aren't tied to any actual products. At Microsoft' it's called a "Garage" project that was developed in after-hours work and is now offered as a free download as Mouse Without Borders.

The 1.1MB tool allows users to move their mouse cursor across different screens, even if they are connected to different computers. You can even copy and paste text from and to different screens, send screen captures from one PC to another, or drag files from one PC to another. Up to four different computers can be controlled from a single mouse. Microsoft said that the software was tested internally by 9000 people before it was approved for public release.

We tried it and think it's pretty cool. Why haven't we thought about this before?

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    house70 , September 14, 2011 12:11 AM
    Expect Apple lawsuit in 3...2...1.... They will claim it was Jobs' idea ever since he was born, just never got around it to put it in practice.
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    house70 , September 14, 2011 12:13 AM
    Seriously, this should be a part of Win 8.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2011 12:16 AM
    http://synergy-foss.org/
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  • 29 Hide
    house70 , September 14, 2011 12:11 AM
    Expect Apple lawsuit in 3...2...1.... They will claim it was Jobs' idea ever since he was born, just never got around it to put it in practice.
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    house70 , September 14, 2011 12:13 AM
    Seriously, this should be a part of Win 8.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2011 12:16 AM
    http://synergy-foss.org/
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    _Cubase_ , September 14, 2011 12:23 AM
    bum51http://synergy-foss.org/


    Yep... been using Synergy for years! Works flawlessly.

    Once again: Microsoft, I love you, but for goodness sake; there's only so many times you can get away with showing up to the party late before somebody else rocks up and shows everybody how to have a good time.
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    jhansonxi , September 14, 2011 12:26 AM
    bum51http://synergy-foss.org/
    And x2x (been around since 1996). So "Mouse Without Borders" is innovative but only for Microsoft.

    This story has been popping up all over the net lately so either every site is a copycat or it's a paid story plant.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2011 12:26 AM
    As previously stated, how is this different to the synergy project? which is also free?
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2011 12:57 AM
    this ingenious idea is too old. Maybe they should use google to search before developing it
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    hp79 , September 14, 2011 1:22 AM
    So does it work really well, without any (or too much) noticeable lags? I know it won't work for FPS gaming, but is it good enough for Excel / Photoshop / internet surfing?
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    j5689 , September 14, 2011 1:53 AM
    It's testing level is EXACTLY 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    silver565 , September 14, 2011 2:12 AM
    It's just a garage project. It's free. It's just their take on the concept. I'm not complaining...
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    Shin-san , September 14, 2011 2:33 AM
    Reminds me of Nadesico, where you can flick a window to amother screen
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    xyster , September 14, 2011 4:22 AM
    it works well. its free. its by a company we trust. I'm happy; whats to complain about?
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    maddad , September 14, 2011 5:45 AM
    Don't know what program they are using to do it, but we have been using this on linux computers for some time now. Maybe its new to windows computers, but it is not new.
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    supere989 , September 14, 2011 5:58 AM
    Yup Synergy should Sue M$.
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    nicodemus_mm , September 14, 2011 6:29 AM
    supere989Yup Synergy should Sue M$.


    Good idea. There aren't enough lawsuits in the tech industry as it is... and since they're both giving it away free they obviously stand to lose/gain a ton of money.

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    kanaida , September 14, 2011 7:20 AM
    Well synergy was out there, never worked for me. Hopefully this does so I don't have move over and use my laptop's keyboard and mouse for when i'm doing support and playing games at the same time lol...
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    Collie147 , September 14, 2011 7:42 AM
    Input Director... same difference
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    doive1231 , September 14, 2011 7:59 AM
    So I'm at work and somebody takes over my screen and loses my work etc downloads something bad etc.
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    back_by_demand , September 14, 2011 11:44 AM
    supere989Yup Synergy should Sue M$.

    Synergy give it away for free, Microsoft will also give it away for free, it will be difficult to prove sales are being affected.
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    back_by_demand , September 14, 2011 11:53 AM
    Seriously, again with the people moaning about getting extra features for free, I can imagine if these people ran Microsoft.

    "So we have a list of 500 extra features we can add into Windows 8"
    "Err, boss, all those features are available as freeware if you look for them"
    "Good call, let's not bother, any other business? Nope?"

    I'm sure when Windows added native DVD playback someone will have said "Why bother, I can just use PowerDVD" or native DVD burning "What's the point, I can just use Nero".

    Seeing as on download.com there are over 1000 free calculators, why not have the calculator that has been part of Windows since last century removed completely to save space and if you want a calculator you just download one. Stupid idea? Yeah I thought so too.
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