Recently Logitech launched a keyboard (K480 Universal Mobile Keyboard) that is designed to work across Windows, iOS and Android. Now Microsoft has also released its Universal Mobile keyboard that will work on Windows, Android and iOS similarly as the Logitech K480 Universal Mobile Keyboard but it will be smaller in size with two variants in color. Microsoft also released Microsoft Arch touch Bluetooth Mouse, Three new models of wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 and the new Xbox One controller for PC.
Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard
Microsoft Universal Keyboard will work on Android and iOS alongside Windows OS. You can work on your Windows PC, Android devices, iPhones, iPads with a Bluetooth connection and multiple device selector on the same keyboard. There is a switch which let you connect through different devices. Microsoft’s new cross platform push is not a software only thing.
Microsoft Universal Keyboard is minimal and attractive design that makes it portable as it can easily slip in to you bag due to its small size. It has a Rubber coated lid that doubles as a stand for your Phone or Tablet. The lid is used for tuning on and off the keyboard and can be disconnected from the keyboard for greater freedom of movement as it uses a magnetic attachment that can be easily pulled off. Opening the cover of keyboard triggers Bluetooth connectivity, while closing it powers down the keyboard. It is rechargeable and comes with up to six months of battery life. It can give 8 hours of more battery life when charged for only 10 minutes.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard has a home key that will work for every platform. It does not have significant Windows branding except a tiny icon by the switch. The most impressive thing the keyboard is that it has dedicated keys for Android and a CMD key for Apple users so that they can use shortcuts in three different platforms with ease. There is no dedicated Windows Key and touch pad in the keyboard.
Microsoft Universal Mobile keyboard is very similar to Logitech K480 Universal Mobile Keyboard ($49) in all ways but it has a detachable Phone/Tablet stand that doubles as a cover for the keyboard.
The Microsoft Universal Keyboard will be available for sale in USA and Canada from October at a price tag of $79.95. But it is unknown that when will it come to India.
Microsoft Arch touch Bluetooth mouse
Identical to the Surface-branded version paired with the Surface pro tablet, Microsoft has also released new version of its Arch touch Bluetooth Mouse. This version has Bluetooth 4.0 connection with more generic gray color while it has same snap-flat portable design and touch scrolling with haptic feedback as in previous version. It is powered by two AAA batteries. This will work on Windows 8 Windows 8.1 and Windows RT devices.
Microsoft Arch touch Bluetooth Mouse will be available from today at a price of $69.95.
Xbox Controller for Windows PC
Microsoft is bringing Xbox one controller for Windows PCs for use with current PC gaming titles. It has same buttons and layout as Xbox One and a 9-foot USB to micro USB cable for PC connection. It is also compatible with Xbox one console and having wireless connectivity for use with any Xbox one.
The Xbox One controller for Windows will be available by this upcoming November at $59.95
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
It is back again with bright colored artwork with 3D textures across the top in three new designs featuring patterns like green paisley and colored stripes and matches several available M-edge tablet sleeves. Each mouse has wireless connectivity and a USB transceiver and uses Blue Track optical sensors. The Wireless Mobile Mouse will work on Windows XP (32-bit only), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT and Mac OS X devices.
The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 limited edition model is available this month for $29.95
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