Recently my Microsoft Blue mouse 5 years died. I really like the feel of the mouse so I wanted to get a similar one. My mouse of 5 years has now been replaced by a newer model with more functions – a Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000.
This mouse is similar in shape to the previous Microsoft Blue mouse but has the following additional functions:
- 1000dpi laser
- Tilt Wheel for scrolling up/down/front/back
- Instant Viewer software
I bought this mouse specifically for the price and the fact that the scroll wheel gives you side-to-side scrolling which is pretty cool. It also has a side button that you can program to do various tasks. I reluctantly installed the software that was included with the mouse but I am really glad that I did.
The included software gives you an additional tab in the mouse applet (under control panel in Windows XP) that allows you to select what type of functions that you want the buttons on the mouse to have. By default the middle button when clicked activates “Instant Viewer” which is an program that tiles all of your open windows similar to Expose in OS X. I set my thumb button to activate it and am loving it. I use Expose in OS X all the time and always wished to have similar functionality in Windows.
In my opinion there are a couple of things that Microsoft does really well. The first is the creation of Windows Live writer which is the best Desktop Blogging Application I have ever used. The second is Microsoft Exchange which I consider to be the best email server that I have ever used. The last are Microsoft mice. I have always like their mice and will be a user of them for years to come (literally!).