The latest hardware from Microsoft is out to prepare users for its upcoming operating system, Windows 8. (Photo : Microsoft)
Microsoft has revealed the latest accessories ahead of the October 26 Windows 8 launch. The newest items include a Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse, exclusively for the upcoming operating system (OS).
The Wedge Mobile Keyboard includes Windows 8 specific keys and Bluetooth-connectivity. The new shortcut keys enables searching, sharing, change settings, and device access. The keyboard features a rubber-like surface giving users the option of placing the keyboard against the tablet's screen.
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The Wedge Touch Mouse also makes use to Bluetooth and BlueTrack technology, as well as a touch-sensitive surface. The Wedge Touch Mouse is smaller than a traditional mouse, and is also designed for mobile use as it can fit into a pocket and work on any surface. According to Microsoft, the device provides "four-way" touch scrolling.
Microsoft also released the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard and the Touch Mouse, although these two lack some features compared to the Wedge products.
The Touch Mouse, which is available for Windows 7, has been updated with multi-touch signals for Windows 8 and gives users to option to maintain controls similar to Windows 7.
"It's an exciting time for the whole company for lots of reasons, but this is something we're thrilled about and we can't wait to see people's reactions," said Microsoft Hardware's General Manager Brett Kelleran.
"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," said Kelleran. "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.
All products will be available in August, ahead of the Windows 8 launch. The Wedge Mobile Keyboard cost $80, and the Wedge Touch Mouse is $70. The Sculpt Keyboard and mouse each cost $50, and the standard Touch Mouse will sell for $80.