Using multiple PCs in a single space at a time has always been very painful. The keyboards and mice do not only take up a significant amount of space, but moving from one keyboard to another can be very messy.
Now, Microsoft has unveiled Mouse without Borders, a Microsoft Garage program that eliminates the parameters set by PCs, allowing the mouse to navigate from one computer to another. Up to four PCs can sync into a unit via this program, creating an environment where users can navigate, move, share and type files easily.
The Garage is “both a physical space in Building 4 at our Redmond HQ, and a company wide program that encourages grass roots invention, tinkering, ideas and incubation of projects.” Most of the projects made by The Garage remain internal, or become part of a bigger product. Mouse without borders, however, is its own program and can be downloaded for free.
Mouse without Borders lets users control up to four computers with a single keyboard and mouse. It requires no additional hardware as it is all executed over the network. In addition to using the same mouse and keyboard on multiple computers, users can move files between them by dragging and dropping, copying and pasting files across systems, sharing screen captures, logging in, and locking multiple computers simultaneously.
The 1.1 MB software was developed by Microsoft Dynamics engineer Truong Do. It seems that he was tired of dealing with different keyboard and mouse configurations for each computer in the office, so he decided to develop a program that can make him do his work without jumping from one keyboard to another.