Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

Summary: Mouse without Borders allows you to work with numerous PCs as though they were a single system.

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Do you work with multiple PC? Is your desktop cluttered with more than one keyboard and/or mouse? If this describes you then you need Mouse without Borders.

Mouse without Borders is a Microsoft Garage project that allows you to work with numerous PCs as though they were a single system.

Note: What is the Microsoft Garage? Here's how Microsoft describes it:

"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. In The Garage, employees get together after hours to build whatever they dream up and the results are often impressive. 99.9% of the Garage projects either ship as part of a Microsoft project or remain internal, but every once in a while there's a project that doesn't fit into any existing Microsoft product which will get a lot of request from employees who want to be able to share it with their friends and families. In exceptions like this, the Garage community will rally together to and publish it as a standalone public download."

Using Mouse without Borders, you can control up to four PCs with a single keyboard and mouse with no extra hardware needed - it's all done over the network. In addition to using the same keyboard and mouse on multiple PCs, you can also move files between PCs by dragging and dropping, copy and paste across systems, easily share screen captures and even log in or lock multiple PCs simultaneously.

Very neat.

Mouse without Borders has been developed by Truong Do who, by day, is a developer for Microsoft Dynamics.

Download here [1.1MB].

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  • Sinergy does the same and its GPL

    Sinergy has been around for a long while! It does the same at no cost and it works wonderfully across multiple operating systems.<br><br>I would Say MS is a bit too late for this party. As Sinergy has been around as a Google Project since 2006. As stated in Google's website "...Synergy+ was started by Sorin Sbrnea and Nick Bolton in 2009 to provide support and bug fixes....".<br><br>And it does work on Linux, Apple OS, Fedora, Win what ever OS.
    Uralbas
    • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

      @Uralbas Gotta agree with Uralbas. The mouse without borders has a few MS specifics that make it a little easier if you are only using MS machines but it is also limited to one OS.
      whoiskevin
    • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

      @Uralbas Yes, Synergy is a good tool, especially if you want cross-platform support. Win7 integration is a little ropey tho, if I recall.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • works fine on win 7, at least for me

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

        I've used it on Windows 7 64 bit no problem.
        KBot
      • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes ; Synergy is way too complicated to setup. I recommend Sharemouse which is currently beta.

        Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVVkDGqV7xw
        Genisis68
    • Yup

      @Uralbas Been using Synergy for quite some time. It's a good product.
      happyharry_z
    • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

      @Uralbas I use Synergy, but it doesn't allow for drag and drop of files across machines. I think this is enough to get me to switch.
      rellekmr
    • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

      @Uralbas +1 for synergy. Multi platform and a piece of cake to set up. And doesn't have to be in the same room or anything
      dpDesignz
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    I've been using Stardock's Multiplicity for a number of years and it works just fine.
    micromac@...
    • Funny how out of touch with reality microsoft always is.

      @micromac@... the saddest thing they are so clueless they are probably proud of their "new" technology.

      I've used Multiplicity for over 7yrs, still that's good for MS they are usually 10yrs behind.
      Reality Bites
  • Synergy

    Been using synergy for 3 years now....looks like Microsoft is attempting to finally catch up to real world and only be 3 years behind instead of 5...
    catman2112
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    Input Director is another free product that already does this. It is Windows-only, but it works very well for me (more stable than Synergy) and has a bunch of features (including everything that Mouse without Borders appears to have). I use Synergy if I need cross-platform support, but have had much better luck with Input Director for Windows-only use.
    tslovejoy1969@...
  • Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    I love Sinergy, won't change to a new products that has not been truly tested over time.
    ivancor
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    Microsoft is a little late to this game like many have pointed out. I have been using WIN2VNC for years. It's cross platform and stable. It's open source and based on the VNC protocol. http://win2vnc.sourceforge.net/
    birkir@...
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    oh sir's.... I love it.....

    Unfortunately you never thought about dragging stuff accross the duel screen functioning bits, it just works.

    drag and drop ... it didn't work.

    Astonishing how quickly I learnt that. I do more than push buttons, more often than I realise I guess. Then pen can hover ( much like the pointer in the GUI ) touch don't
    Badboyabout
  • synergy has done this for years

    a decade maybe! And It works from mac to pc too, which is handy for overcoming mac monitor limitations. It can be fiddly to set up, but once it is, it totally rocks. I think it is wrong of MS to say they 'developed' this style of app without crediting synergy...
    walkerjian@...
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    I seem to be having trouble connecting my MouseWithoutBorders to my personal Server in my home from another computer in my home. The icon appears in the system tray but it doesn't appear in the MouseWithoutBorders window in either machine. Any idea what gives?
    decimal639
  • RE: Mouse without Borders - Use one mouse/keyboard on multiple PCs

    I use a $44 physical switch from IOGEAR (the technology is, in principle, ANCIENT) that allows me to use one mouse/keyboard/PRINTER-SCANNER with two machines: I use one Ubuntu machine and one laptop. I usually set up an old Vista laptop to run legacy MS apps, but it also works with Mac, of course. It works (almost) flawlessly - just a slight decrease in display quality.

    I am just hanging on till I go fully Cloud - with a single box that runs "ANY" OS with "ANY" Browser - I don't even want to know - with all my personal data and all the apps I ever need provided on multiple other machines running "ANY OTHER OS" and located "ANYWHERE" - don't tell me, so I don't know.

    I can't wait to be OS-free!!! Just offer me online storage of 500 GB backed up, for $25 per month and I have my credit card ready.

    Goodbye MS! Goodbye Apple! Goodbye ...! Whooo Hooo!
    bob.warfield
  • Synergy, eh?

    Gotta see if that works on the flavors of Unix at work.
    When Microsoft start releasing Unix programs - THAT woould be news.
    alan_r_cam
  • This has been done, stop re-inventing the wheal!

    This has been done countless times, why again?!
    markh789