Microsoft cutting back Mac Support?


First they killed the Internet Explorer for Mac, and then now I find that Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse, a mouse I absolutely adore, is not supported by Mac anymore. I recently re-installed the OS, and wanted to pair the mouse with my PBook. I had lost the original CD that came with it, and went to the Microsoft website, only to find, there was no way to download the software that makes the mouse work with Apple Powerbooks. The only two download options are Windows XP and Windows 2000. Hey don’t take my word for it, check it out! I hope this is not the case, but I would understand if they are not supporting OS-X. Some say Bill is hopping mad at Microserfs who use IPod. Apparently there are a ton of them. Nearly 16,000 according to Wired News’ back-of-the-envelope calculations.

“These guys are really quite scared,” said the source of Microsoft’s management. “It shows how their backs are against the wall…. Even though it’s Microsoft, no one is interested in what we have to offer, even our own employees.”

Scoble says its not true, reporter smoking crack….. But then Scoble works for Microsoft ;-)



I lost my cd driver of my Digitalmedia Pro Keyboard, and
I downloaded it.

Some time after that I installed again (dont ask me why pls) my system panther and updated to 10.3.9, reinstall the downloaded driver (IntellyType 5.1) Surprise!!!!!
Like many other, the driver Does not work with my mac!!! What can I do?

Will Parker

FWIW, I used to work for Microsoft in the MacBU.

The MS hardware group is in the ‘Home and Retail Divsion” along with the MacBU, but that doesn’t imply close cooperation. The Mac drivers for the keyboards, mice, etc. are written by the Hardware group without a great deal of consultation from the MacBU. In fact, those of us in the MacBU rarely got access to new mouse drivers before they were released to the general public.

I don’t have direct knowledge of what’s going on here, but I suspect it has little to do with ‘le Affaire iPod’. It doesn’t take a Double Secret Directive from the Microsoft Supreme Council to screw up Mac support outside the MacBU.

All it takes is some short-sighted cost-cutting by the all-too-common type of manager at Microsoft who thinks of the potential profits from the Mac market as being beneath their notice. (I’ve heard the phrase “a small rounding error” used in that regard.)

Alternatively, it could be as simple as the Hardware group losing a few Mac-savvy programmers through attrition.

Either way, no major problem — there are, after all, better peripheral manufacturers.

Om Malik

i am not sure why this is happening. it was working okay right before i reinstalled the software and upgraded to the latest version of os-x

Jeremy Higgs

Hi Om,

I have a Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse as well, but have no problems using it (without installing the Microsoft software… which doesn’t work anyway).

You should still be able to pair the mouse to the machine without installing anything extra.

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