by Anton Shilov
07/30/2012 | 10:09 PM
Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a family of new keyboards and mice which are optimized for usage with Windows 8-based mobile and desktop devices. Four of the devices are Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized yet sturdy, and specially designed for use on the go – including with tablets.
In the coming weeks and months, the company will introduce two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice to the market – the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. On October 26, the general availability date of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will also release updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse.
Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
"For 30 years, we’ve been creating products designed to light up features in Microsoft software and making it easier to get things done. It’s part of our DNA. In that way, it’s fitting that we are showcasing our first set of hardware products designed and optimized for Windows 8. It’s the reason why our group was formed and, in these products, that’s shining through," said Brett Kelleran, general manager of Microsoft Hardware.
Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard
The new keyboards and mice have special touches designed for just such use, including a cover for the Wedge Mobile Keyboard that doubles as a stand for your tablet, a mouse that sleeps when the computer sleeps to save batteries, and the battery door cover slides instead of unclipping so users on the go w will not lose it. Thanks to wireless Bluetooth technology, there is no need for cords or wires, and no need to take up a USB port.
Microsoft Touch Mouse
The devices have Windows 8 shortcut keys for searching, sharing, changing settings, and device access, and the mice are designed to have the same precision, control, and fluid interaction a customer would have if they were using a touch screen.
Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse
The family of new Microsoft controller devices includes: