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Microsoft Garage Has A Mouse Without Borders

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?

  • house70
    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
    Seriously, this should be a part of Win 8.
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  • http://synergy-foss.org/
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  • _Cubase_
    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
    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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  • As previously stated, how is this different to the synergy project? which is also free?
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  • this ingenious idea is too old. Maybe they should use google to search before developing it
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  • hp79
    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
    It's testing level is EXACTLY 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • silver565
    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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