Microsoft plans multi-touch mouse

Multi-touch was a big selling point for Windows 7, but you're still not going to get a look-in unless you've specifically bought a new multi-touch PC or display. However, in a bid to get more people in on the road to multi-touch heaven, Microsoft is apparently planning to release a Touch version of its Arc mouse.

The guys at I Started Something have spotted a number of clues pointing towards the finger-friendly mouse's existence. For a start, the site points out that Microsoft registered the arctouchmouse.com domain back in March, which currently redirects to Microsoft's Bing search engine.

In addition to this, the site claims some European retailers have started listing Microsoft Arc Touch mouse products with the model number RVF-00003. However, the retail link in the article has since been removed, and we haven't been able to find any other retailers stocking the mouse.

The final clue comes from Microsoft's earlier Mouse 2 demonstrations, one of which showed a multi-touch mouse design with a very similar curve to the current Arc mouse (pictured).

Although no retail stores appear to be listing the mouse any more, the site reports that several sites listed the mouse at $70, which would put it in direct competition with Apple's $69 multi-touch Magic Mouse.