6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Microsoft's Mouse without Borders: First Look

About Video Transcript

First Look: Microsoft's Mouse without Borders

2:45 /

Control and move files between up to four PCs with one mouse and keyboard with Microsoft's new, free, and easy-to-use Windows app.

Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET. Today, we're gonna take a look at a new app from Microsoft called Mouse without Borders. So, the idea behind Mouse without Borders is that it lets you use one mouse and keyboard to control multiple Windows PCs. So, we've downloaded the software in the system over here and it's really easy to setup. We install the app and it gets you this Let's Get Started screen. It asks first if you would install Mouse without Borders on other systems. So, we're gonna say "No" here and that generates the security code and the name of this computer which we then plug into another PC where we've also installed the same program. So, we've already Mouse without Borders on this other PC over here and you can see the same Startup screen but this time we're gonna say 'Yes" and it brings us to a screen where we can enter in the security code and the system name from the other computer. So, let's punch that in and then you can see the systems are connected. So, we'll set up both computers. So, you can see the program let you control up to a four systems on the same network. We're only gonna use two here for the sake of simplicity. But that said, earlier we are able to connect two Windows 7 PCs and the Windows XP machine on the same network and things aren't flossy. We had no problems. So, take a look over here. You can see this Option screen. It gives you a few more settings to play around with. Now, with the Default setting, we can simply drag the mouse cursor over to the other display but here you can see there's a setting that's lets you use a key to toggle to switch between systems and the software also lets you drag and drop screens here that kind of help you make sense a bit of order in which you're gonna move the mouse between systems. So, with the wireless mouse, you can see it has no problem tracking the cursor between the PCs. So, the mouse works seamlessly pretty much. There's no noticeable input lag. You can right-click. You can move windows around. You can launch applications. It works exactly as you would expect a mouse that was connected to the system. Now, despite its name, you can also use it to type on the other PC. Now, on top of letting you control multiple PCs, you can also use Mouse without Borders to drag and drop files between computers. So, we've pick one up. We brought it to the other system. So, as you can see the software is really easy to use and it works pretty much as you would expect. We also found and did some things we didn't expect. For example, it recognizes hardware volume keys on the keyboard to control volume on the other PC. Now, it has some limitations. Brightness keys on this keyboard won't change that display over there for example. We also had problems with games. The mouse sensor is just way too high and we couldn't adjust that or even use them in game menu. Overall though, we can see place scenarios where Mouse without Borders will be amazingly useful from education scenarios, in a dorm, in a support environment, at home. Pretty much anywhere you have multiple Windows PCs that want to talk to each other. And, one of the other great parts about the software is that it's freely available for download from Microsoft. I'm Rich Brown and this has been a quick demo for Microsoft's Mouse without Borders.

New releases

All the things Apple Watch can do without an iPhone nearby
1:33 April 18, 2015
You still need an iPhone to set up and use the Apple Watch, but it can do things on its own, too! Fitness, music, Apple Pay, and a...
Play video
The WD Elements portable drive is a great deal
2:23 April 17, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo sort of explains the difference between bravery and courage using the high-capacity low-cost WD Elements portable...
Play video
Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200
4:54 April 17, 2015
Crave celebrates its 200th episode with a human cruise control system that's, well, pretty shocking. We check out a bicycle that claims...
Play video
Send Frigidaire's Professional Fridge back to the minors
2:24 April 17, 2015
The Frigidaire FPBC2277RF is priced in the big leagues, but fails to perform up to expectations.
Play video
Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
2:40 April 17, 2015
Get ready for rolling BB-8 toys. The droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a real robot, based on the technology in Sphero's toy...
Play video
CNET Top 5 - Crazy looking smartphones
3:36 April 17, 2015
Round, curvy and two-faced: five phones that broke the mold and dared to be different.
Play video
Faster Roku 2 masters the streaming universe
1:45 April 17, 2015
A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.
Play video
The Garmin Vivoactive is an ultra-slim smartwatch with a few hiccups
2:15 April 17, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look at Garmin's first smartwatch
Play video