The Original 1983 Microsoft Mouse

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Do you remember the year 1983, when Return of the Jedi was in theaters, The Police were still together, and Travis was still inside his parents' genitalia? Well Gearlog does, because they got their hands on an original 1983 Microsoft Mouse.

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The green buttoned mouse was bundled with Microsoft Word, and came with the Life game, Notepad, and a musical tutorial teaching then-noobs how to use a mouse. Look how far they've come since then! Now Microsoft mice sport lasers, charging stations, multiple buttons, Bluetooth, and a scroll wheel, but are just as uncomfortable to use. Good thing their keyboards rock.

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Flashback 1983: The Microsoft Mouse [Gearlog]

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Ah... this, then, would be Microsoft's first poor attempt at copying Apple hardware.

I don't want to hear any more about Xerox where MS is concerned... they weren't looking at Xerox technology when they made Windows, no matter what they say.

Steve made deals with the Xerox bigwigs, and as part of those deals the PARC team was ordered to give up the GUI goods to Apple, not Microsoft.

To make Windows, MS was pirating the Mac prototypes that Apple handed over to them in good faith for software development purposes.

The short version: Apple was GIVEN the basics by Xerox, and then refined it into a usable, cost-effective home system. Microsoft then STOLE the fruits of Apple's labor, setting the trend which has lasted for 24 years.