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Microsoft puts its mouse in Mac clothing

Redmond hopes more Apple buyers will be interested in its Bluetooth notebook mouse now that it's offered in Mac-centric packaging. Inside, the mouse is exactly the same.

The new Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac is really a repackaged version of the company's existing Bluetooth mouse. Microsoft
Microsoft's current packaging apparently wasn't drawing too many Mac users, even with its inviting "Certified for Windows Vista" logo. Microsoft

Microsoft is looking to make its Bluetooth notebook mouse more Mac friendly.

The emphasis in that sentence is on the word "looking."

The software maker hasn't made any software or hardware changes to the Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. It has, however, created new retail packaging for the product, dubbing it Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac.

Gone is the red packaging and the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo. In its place is a Mac logo and white packaging. Of course, the same mouse is inside, meaning the Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 works perfectly well on a Mac, while the Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac has no problem working with Vista, or XP for that matter.

The mouse in its new packaging will be available this month with an estimated retail price of $49.95.

It will be interesting to see if Mac users take to the new packaging. The company has a mixed track record in the Mac space. Its Office for Mac is a huge seller and many people cite its availability as a key factor in their being willing to switch to a Mac.

But it has pulled back on other efforts, including killing its ill-fated MSN for Mac service, Internet Explorer, and Virtual PC for Mac.