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Microsoft gearing up to launch modern take on the IntelliMouse

Microsoft already took the wraps off of a new Surface Precision mouse, but it looks like it has a mouse of another variety up its sleeve as well. As spotted on the Surface accessories page (opens in new tab) by Twitter user Olly Cripps (via The Verge), Microsoft has listed a new take on the classic IntelliMouse is "coming soon."

Microsoft is calling the new mouse the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse, and, other than being listed as coming soon with a short description, there's very little other information available. From Microsoft:

Inspired by the Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0, the new Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse has exceptional tracking and the firm scroll wheel that fans loved about the original. Tracking is now even more precise with a DPI range up to 3200.

The IntelliMouse line had its fans, but, as The Verge notes, the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 was discontinued more than five years ago. There's no word on a release date or price just yet, but hopefully, Microsoft will have updates on both soon.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • As long as it has a back/forward button, I will be happy.
  • I had one IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 and was one of the best mouses I had.
  • Add a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick and I'll be set!
  • Trackball or nothing for me. Can never go back to the regular mouse, ever!
  • Trackball mice need to be more gamer friendly though. That's the only thing I don't like about them.
  • Was it anything like the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000? Had that awesome puppy for 10+ years before it finally gave out eariler this year :/ That's how I found out Microsoft had abandoned desktop mice "power users." Good to see them rekindle their desktop mice fire.