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Jul 30, 2012

Microsoft Windows 8-Optimized Mice and Keyboards




With Windows 8’s official release drawing near each day, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft started to announce new devices specifically designed for the platform.

Today, the company made a first step on this road, with the launch of new mice and keyboards that have been specifically designed to fit the new operating system. The first of these is the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse, which features a compact, artful and minimalist design, BlueTrack Technology, a Backpack Mode that puts it to sleep, and an estimated retail price of around US$69.95. The mouse is accompanied by the slim Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard, specifically designed to fit the needs of tablet users. It comes with hot keys and media keys, as well as with a lightweight design, but features a durable cover which also functions as an on / off switch. It can be connected to tablets via Bluetooth and comes with an estimated retail price of US$79.95.

Next, there is the Sculpt Touch Mouse, with a four-way touch scroll strip, Bluetooth technology packed inside, and a price of around US$49.95. The Sculpt Mobile Keyboard that accompanies it also features Bluetooth connectivity, the same design as Microsoft’s Comfort Curve, battery-saving technology inside, and a suggested price of US$49.95. Additionally, the Redmond-based software giant notes that its Microsoft Touch Mouse is getting updated functionality aimed specifically at the upcoming Windows 8 platform. At around US$79.95, the mouse will make it easily for users to navigate in Windows 8:

  • One-finger swipes allow customers to move naturally and intuitively side to side or up and down, shifting content on screen.
  • Two-finger movements manage apps, switch through open apps and show app commands.
  • Three fingers allow customers to zoom in and out.
  • Thumb gestures navigate backward and forward within apps.

As stated above, all these products have been optimized for use on the upcoming Windows 8 platform. Thus, they come with Bluetooth connectivity, BlueTrack Technology (for use on almost all surfaces), and other specific functionality. Offering a great experience regardless of user’s lifestyle, the new hardware can be used with all sorts of Windows 8 devices, including desktops, laptops and tablet PCs. “Our new mice and keyboards really light up Windows, providing fast and fluid navigation, increased productivity, and enhanced mobility packaged in sleek, stylish designs,” said Brett Kelleran, general manager, Microsoft Hardware. “Microsoft Hardware is designed by Microsoft, optimized for Windows.”

“Starting July 30th, you will be able to pre-order the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, Wedge Touch Mouse, Sculpt Mobile Keyboard and Sculpt Touch Mouse on Amazon.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect, and Buy.com,” Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc announced.


Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard
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Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse
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Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard
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Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse
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Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse
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