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Apple Launches Universal Control, An Answer to Microsoft’s Mouse Without Borders

Microsoft’s Mouse Without Borders has been around for years and Apple is now copying the feature with Universal Control.


's WWDC 2021 event is currently underway, and the company is making its usual glut of developer-focused announcements. One of the big reveals was Universal Control, a new feature for iPad and Mac. This tool is Apple's answer to 's Mouse Without Border, albeit years later.

Specifically, mouse and keyboard peripheries across iPad and Mac up to three devices. This means you can drag and drop content across devices easily.

Universal Control is part of iPadOS 15 that comes with changes across widgets, Notes, SharePlay, Safari, a new Translate app, and better multitasking.

While this is a cool new addition to Apple's software, Windows 10 has supported similar features for some time. In fact, the Logitech Flow app allows users to control three PCs with a single mouse and copy and paste images and documents.

Mouse Without Borders

Of course, there's also Microsoft Mouse Without Borders, an app released in 2011 from the division. With this app users can control four PCs are the same time and also drag and drop.

You can download Mouse Without Borders here with the following features:

  • “Control multiple computers seamlessly using a single mouse and keyboard
  • Peer-to-peer system: Any machine can be a master machine
  • Multiple mode: Keyboard/mouse repeat in all machines
  • Shared clipboard: copy text/image/screenshot from one machine and paste to other machines
  • Drag/drop file across machines
  • Selective screen capture (Ctrl+Shift+S)

Support on logon/UAC desktop”

Tip of the day: Do you know that Windows 10 now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”? In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.