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"Xeel" remotes. A remote with navigational controls for simpler devices (left) and a remote for devices with additional functionality (right).

"Xeel" was the codename for a set of hardware-based navigational controls designed by Microsoft to create a simplified and consistent user experience for devices running the Windows operating system.[1][2][3][4] "Xeel" was first demonstrated during Microsoft's WinHEC 2003, where it was characterized as a result of the synergy between hardware and software. Microsoft stated that its design goal for "Xeel" was to create a consistent experience for hardware devices that equaled the software interface consistency introduced by the mouse scroll wheel.[4]