The new keyboard from Microsoft supports iOS, Android and Windows
It is no secret that Microsoft produces not only software but hardware, and the company introduced the Universal Mobile Keyboard, a device that’s compatible with Windows, iPad, iPhone and Android.
Universal Bluetooth keyboard has a compact form factor and light weight. It will be available in October at a retail price of $79.95. Microsoft is touting the Universal Mobile Keyboard as «One keyboard for your smartphone and tablet,» although, to the surprise of many, this peripheral is not compatible with Windows Phone because the operating system does not support Bluetooth HID. Thus, to use the keyboard only in conjunction with devices running Windows 8 or higher, Windows RT, Android 4.0 or higher and iOS 6 or higher.
The keyboard can connect to three devices with different operating systems and to switch between them there is a special button that serves to activate Android Home keys, CMD and CTRL, depending on the operating system. The keyboard is also equipped with a lid which serves as a stand for your smartphone or tablet.
Power is supplied from the internal battery, which provides up to six months of battery life on a single charge. However, 10 minutes of charging is enough to work all day.
Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard will be sold in retail stores Microsoft Store and online. First, it will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada, but shortly thereafter will be released to new markets.
But that’s not all! 16 Sep Microsoft has also announced several new accessories for the PC, including a new version of the Microsoft mouse Arc Touch Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy. The updated device will appear later this month at a price of $69.95 and will be compatible with Windows 8.x and Windows RT.
In addition, the company introduced a new Wireless Mobile mouse 3500 Limited Edition, which has a 3D-textured design and uses BlueTrack technology. It will be launched on sale this month for $29.95 on the Internet and retail stores.
Finally, Microsoft announced a Xbox One Controller for Windows. The controller, which, incidentally, will be supplied with a cable length of about 3 meters, will appear in November for $59.95 at Microsoft Store and other retail stores.
: Microsoft Blogging Windows