Citrix has unveiled a new mouse aimed at improving the Windows app experience for iPad and Android users when working remotely.
While a finger works great when operating native iOS and Android apps, your digit lacks the precision and functionality needed to drive Windows apps. This is why Citrix has developed the X1 Mouse. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) along with custom firmware to provide full-function mouse support to specific Citrix Mobile apps including Citrix Receiver, GoToMyPC, ShareConnect and WorkDesktop.
"The X1 Mouse also means flexibility for IT," writes Chris Fleck, VP of Mobility Solutions at Citrix. "IT gets the benefit of the security of XenApp regardless of whether the device is corporate-issued or BYOD. For users, it means no more compromise when they want to get work done on an iPad. Maybe the corporate-issued laptop is no longer necessary for many categories of employees, including everyone who will be happier with an iPad."
"Drag and drop spreadsheet cells, resize PowerPoint graphics, click on small features of an EMR app; all of this becomes as real as if you were working on a desktop. Now, you truly can leave your laptop home (especially when coupled with a Bluetooth keyboard/case)."
As someone use remotely access Windows system from iPads and Android tablets, I have to admit that this is an interesting idea. While mobile apps are developed with touch in mind, trying to take control of something like Word, Excel, or Photoshop remotely can be very frustrating, and I can see how a mouse might help.
Citrix will launch the X1 Mouse at Citrix Synergy on May 12. No word yet on pricing.