July 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM ET
As Microsoft gets ready to release tablet-oriented Windows 8, it's also getting some nifty hardware in place to work with the new OS, due out Oct. 26. Among the mice and keyboards is the pocket-sized Wedge Touch Mouse ($69.95), with a minimalist design that is almost Apple-like.
At 2.39 inches by 2.11 inches, the Wedge Touch Mouse has four-way touch scrolling and navigation. It also uses Bluetooth, so no cables or extra USB dongles are required to connect. It also has "BlueTrack Technology," so that the mouse can be used on just about any surface.
This mouse is also mindful of energy. "If you forget to turn it off, it’ll shut down or go into sleep mode with the computer it’s connected to instead of draining the battery," says Microsoft.
Also, Microsoft's existing Touch Mouse ($79.95) gets a tweak with a new version that handles gestures optimized for Windows 8 navigation, including horizontal scrolling.