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Logitech on the up amidst Microsoft bid talk

In the world of computer users, there are two types of mouse and keyboard users – those who prefer Microsoft and those who prefer Logitech. Oddly enough, Microsoft itself may prefer Logitech as stock traders speculated that the software giant would launch a takeover bid for the Swiss-based peripherals maker.

Shares of Logitech surged up to 12 percent based on the trader talk, despite comments from Logitech’s Daniel Borel expressing no desire to sell his stake in the company.

"I am a co-founder of Logitech. Would you be willing to sell your child?" Borel told Reuters in an interview. "I have no reason to sell. But I will not be the one to decide. I own only some 6 percent so I will neither enable nor prevent a sale of Logitech."

Buzz circulated in the market that Microsoft prepared a takeover bid of 48 francs per share for Logitech. "Rumours are rumours. I can't make any specific comment on them," Borel added.

Not everyone believes that the Logitech shares jump is a result of an impending takeover. "Today's share price rise is probably more related to a rebound in the market than any rumours," said an analyst at bank Vontobel.

Furthermore, even if Microsoft were interested in buying Logitech, the company would first need to overcome antitrust regulatory issues.

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RE: Monopoly much?
By Motley on 1/11/2008 5:16:29 PM , Rating: 3
I've never had a problem with the microsoft mice at all. Of course, they make like 12 different versions of the mouse, so it's quite possible that the one you have has a weaker middle button. But that is why they make 12 different ones. I'd guess buying a mouse with a more sensitive middle button when you obviously have dexterity problems would be a user error.

RE: Monopoly much?
By Chernobyl68 on 1/11/2008 5:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
I've used a Logitech trackman trackball-mouse for years, I hope if this deal goes though that something similiar is still offered.

RE: Monopoly much?
By glennpratt on 1/12/2008 11:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
I know what he's talking about and it's not dexterity problems, there are several mice I've used where it takes about equal force to click the middle mouse button as it does to scroll down and you will frequently do the opposite of what you intended.

Many Logitech mice have strong middle button resistance and almost no scroll resistance, so you will frequently scroll middle while clicking middle.

Yes you can train yourself not to, but really, should you have to?

RE: Monopoly much?
By Magnus Dredd on 1/14/2008 9:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
First off, the reason I buy the Logitech mice is because I used the cheapo versions in computer labs and other people's houses before I ever bought one. Even the cheap Logictech mice work well. The (I didn't purchase it) Dell OEM mouse that I use at work is a Logitech.

The reason that I disdain Microsoft mice is drawn from the same places. I have used other people's, and lab mice. Perhaps it's not all of them, however, almost all of the Microsoft mice I've touched has had ridiculously weak springs. Weak to the point that when doing IT work for people using them, I've noticed lots of inadvertent middle clicks by their owners.

Simply notice the number of replies above by people who know what I'm talking about.

So, given that I've never had this issue with ANY other brand of mouse, why the hell would I buy a Microsoft mouse, especially a more expensive one than the standard $10 to $15 Logitech one I normally buy?

Let's see... This mouse sucks, so I should try out the other mice this company offers until I find one they make that has a decent spring.... Screw that, I'll buy from a company that doesn't make ANY crappy mice.

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