Microsoft’s Sculpt Comfort & Mobile Mouse with ‘Start’ button

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Looks like Microsoft is trying to bring back the ‘Start’ button – this time its on the mouse itself. Microsoft is announcing two new mice designed specifically for Windows. These are the first mice from Microsoft to include a Windows button on them, giving users quick and easy access to specific features in Windows – and, in the case of the Sculpt Comfort Mouse, more advanced functionality in Windows 8.

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Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a touch-sensitive blue strip on its side called the Windows touch tab that makes it easy to navigate Windows 8 with just the touch or swipe of a finger. When pressed, it takes you to your Start screen, just like the Windows buttons on keyboards, PCs and tablets. Additionally, if you swipe up on the blue strip, it cycles through all your open Windows Store apps in Windows 8 – and if you swipe down, it will reveal all the open apps. Sculpt uses Bluetooth to connect to Windows PC or tablet and uses BlueTrack technology which can be used on pretty much any surface. It will be available in June for a retail price of $39.95.

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Sculpt Mobile Mouse is the latest evolution of the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 – with a Windows button which works with Windows 7 or Windows 8. It also has four-way scrolling and comes with USB transceiver and uses BlueTrack technology. It will be available in later this month for a retail price of $29.95.