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Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse

12/03/2008 01:41:00 PM Eastern

Fremont, Calif. — Logitech announced that it has shipped its billionth mouse.

According to the company, it introduced its first retail mouse in 1985 and reached the 100 millionth mouse mark in 1996. Sales of Logitech mice topped 500 million seven years later. Today, Logitech sells mice in more than 100 countries worldwide and manufactures an average of 376,000 mice per day and 7.8 million every month.

“Since the first click of the Logitech P4 mouse in 1982, Logitech mice have played an indispensable role in the evolution of the personal computer,” said Gerald Quindlen, Logitech president/CEO. “During the last few decades, the way people use computers has changed dramatically — what was once strictly a business tool has become highly integrated into our personal lives. Logitech has continually pursued innovations to meet those changing conditions, introducing — in the last five years alone — the world’s first laser mouse, hyper-fast scrolling and the nano receiver.”

In celebration, Logitech is launching a contest that invites people to follow the travels of its billionth mouse — from the manufacturing line to its final destination — and to try to figure out where in the world it will end up. The mouse's journey will be chronicled on Logitech's blog.