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Microsoft Unveils Windows 8-Friendly Peripherals

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Two keyboards, two mice and an updated Microsoft Touch Mouse will be ready for Windows 8 this October.

Microsoft Hardware announced that it's celebrating 30 years in the peripheral business by launching a new line of mice and keyboards specifically designed to work and play with Windows 8. The new lineup includes two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard, and two Bluetooth-enabled mice, the Wedge Touch Mouse and the Sculpt Touch Mouse. The company is also releasing updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse on October 26 when the revamped OS finally hits the streets.

For starters, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard is built specifically for Windows 8 tablets, featuring a ultra-slim form factor and a full-sized touch keyset, making it easy to carry and a comfortable experience. As shown above, it also comes with a durable cover that not only protects the keyboard from scratches, but also quickly converts into a cool tablet stand. When it's no longer needed, users can simply snap the cover back on the keyboard to power it back down. It also includes some of the most commonly used features such as Windows 8 Hot Keys and built-in media keys.

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard will be available soon for $79.95 (U.S.).

"The Wedge Mobile Keyboard is what I like to call uber-mobile," said Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc. "It’s got a full size keyboard yet has a minimalist, lightweight design that makes it super easy to carry around with me. It’s also stylish. It definitely looks pretty slick."

Next up is the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse. It's small enough to fit into your pocket, yet packs features like four-way Touch scrolling and navigation, BlueTrack Technology so that it can be used on any surface, and battery-saving technology which powers down the peripheral and puts it into sleep mode along with the computer it's paired to. Microsoft says it has an "artful and minimalist design," matching the ultra-slim portability of its keyboard Wedge counterpart.

The Wedge Touch Mouse will be available soon for $69.95 (U.S.).

Moving into the "Sculpt" line, the Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard -- cousin to the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 -- is ultra-thin and sports a Comfort Curve design, encouraging natural wrist posture with a slight, six-degree curve. It promises up to 10 months of battery life thanks to an on/off switch that conserves battery power -- a two-color battery life indicator warns users when it's time to change out the batteries. Bluetooth connectivity frees up USB ports, and Windows 8 Hot Keys makes it easy to quickly search, share or access devices, settings and the Windows Start Screen.

The Sculpt Mobile Keyboard will be available soon for $49.95 (U.S.).

Finally there's the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse featuring a four-way touch scroll strip (instead of a mouse wheel) for smooth and easy navigation. With a simple finger swipe, users can breeze up and down, left and right, and through applications and documents, similar to the way the Explorer Touch Mouse works.

The Sculpt Touch Mouse will be available soon for $49.95 (U.S.).


As for the Microsoft Touch Mouse, Microsoft Hardware said that the updated gestures will make navigating through Windows 8 a breeze. For example, a one-finger swipe will allow users to move side to side or up and down, shifting content on the screen. Two-finger movements will manage apps, allowing users to display Windows 8 charms, switch through open apps and show app commands. Three-finger movements will let users zoom in and out, and thumb gestures will navigate backward and forward through apps.

Consumers can buy the Touch Mouse today for $79.95 (U.S.).

"I am absolutely loving the Touch Mouse on my All-in-One here at home and Windows 8," LeBlanc said. "One thing I’d like to be clear about – if you already own a Touch Mouse you don’t need to buy a new one for Windows 8! All existing Touch Mouse customers will be able to take advantage of these new gestures for Windows 8 when Windows 8 is released this fall."

Starting July 30th, consumers 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.

"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," says Brett Kelleran, general manager of Microsoft Hardware.

For additional news regarding the new hardware, check out the Microsoft News Center post here, and Brandon LeBlanc's hands-on with the products here.

 

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    amk09 , August 2, 2012 7:19 PM
    Protip: If you like windows 8, buy it. If you don't, stop complaining and stick with 7 (or XP/vista if thats your cup of tea)

    Have a nice day.
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    IAmVortigaunt , August 2, 2012 7:13 PM
    Well the article has Windows 8 in the title, so cue the complaining....here, I'll get you started:

    No one cares about new kb/m, Windows 8 is a fail.

    Let me know when they have a peripheral that adds the start button back.

    No one wants to buy a new peripheral just to make Metro halfway usable...I'll stay with 7.

    How'd I do?
  • 14 Hide
    jerrspud , August 2, 2012 7:33 PM
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    Keyboard and mouse for an OS designed around using a touchscreen. lol gg

    that's kinda funny when you think about it
    Quote:

    Its over, Microsoft is finished.

    that's slightly overstated
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    spookyman , August 2, 2012 7:12 PM
    wow...Mice and Keyboards..so original.
  • 17 Hide
    IAmVortigaunt , August 2, 2012 7:13 PM
    Well the article has Windows 8 in the title, so cue the complaining....here, I'll get you started:

    No one cares about new kb/m, Windows 8 is a fail.

    Let me know when they have a peripheral that adds the start button back.

    No one wants to buy a new peripheral just to make Metro halfway usable...I'll stay with 7.

    How'd I do?
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 7:15 PM
    Keyboard and mouse for an OS designed around using a touchscreen. lol gg

    Its over, Microsoft is finished.
  • 19 Hide
    amk09 , August 2, 2012 7:19 PM
    Protip: If you like windows 8, buy it. If you don't, stop complaining and stick with 7 (or XP/vista if thats your cup of tea)

    Have a nice day.
  • 14 Hide
    jerrspud , August 2, 2012 7:33 PM
    Quote:
    Keyboard and mouse for an OS designed around using a touchscreen. lol gg

    that's kinda funny when you think about it
    Quote:

    Its over, Microsoft is finished.

    that's slightly overstated
  • 2 Hide
    raurelian , August 2, 2012 7:35 PM
    IAmVortigauntWell the article has Windows 8 in the title, so cue the complaining....here, I'll get you started:No one cares about new kb/m, Windows 8 is a fail.Let me know when they have a peripheral that adds the start button back.No one wants to buy a new peripheral just to make Metro halfway usable...I'll stay with 7.How'd I do?


    This made my day :) 
  • 10 Hide
    IAmVortigaunt , August 2, 2012 7:42 PM
    chromonoid
    here, I'll get you started:No one cares about new kb/m, Windows 8 is a fail.
    have you even tried W8?? i downloaded a W8 torrent a few weeks back and i love it, once you get used to the metro GUI W8 is awesome


    perhaps you missed the sarcasm...
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    beardguy , August 2, 2012 7:48 PM
    Those look nice ...

    It goes to show you how just some subtle hardware changes to input devices can make Metro UI much more feasible. When we bitch about how Metro UI is not suitable for a desktop PC, I think most of us were not even thinking about the possibility of just modifying the input devices.

    A Wacom-style touch pad for an input device would be awesome for Metro UI ... they just need to figure out a way to make it as precise and usable as a mouse when necessary.

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    ohim , August 2, 2012 8:02 PM
    m23454Keyboard and mouse for an OS designed around using a touchscreen. lol ggIts over, Microsoft is finished.

    The mouse was designed to work with an graphical OS.. you know .. to fukin move that graphical little arrow around the screen ? Can you be much dumber ? Kudos to the first post, you nailed this one :) )
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    ejb222 , August 2, 2012 8:05 PM
    Actually these work rather well with W7 too. Windows 7 can be very gesture based and this hardware aims to utilize that. Not to mention MS mice and keyboards are usually pretty top notch. Wouldnt mind trying them myself.
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    applegetsmelaid , August 2, 2012 8:05 PM
    Yay, new mice! At least they don't have the audacity to call them magic. Rumpelstiltskin.
  • 5 Hide
    ejb222 , August 2, 2012 8:05 PM
    Actually these work rather well with W7 too. Windows 7 can be very gesture based and this hardware aims to utilize that. Not to mention MS mice and keyboards are usually pretty top notch. Wouldnt mind trying them myself.
  • 7 Hide
    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 8:17 PM
    Jesus you guys are trolled easily
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    ricdiculus , August 2, 2012 8:47 PM
    New Hardware for the new AppleSoft (this is our new OS, This is the new MicroApp Store, and anything else we can do to totally control your PC experience and remove the features you like). Awesome.
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    bucknutty , August 2, 2012 8:57 PM
    I like bluetooth, but we need a new way to sync. How about a new tap sync tech. Like tap the mouse to the windows 8 device and it magically syncs and is good to go.
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    K2N hater , August 2, 2012 9:57 PM
    bucknuttyI like bluetooth, but we need a new way to sync. How about a new tap sync tech. Like tap the mouse to the windows 8 device and it magically syncs and is good to go.

    Jobs would have sued you for that.
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    livebriand , August 2, 2012 9:57 PM
    Metro is still unintuitive with a keyboard and mouse, even with these. I'll stick with Windows 7, thank you very much.
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    memadmax , August 2, 2012 10:35 PM
    meh, I could complain about win8, but then I took an arrow to the knee....
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    bogo663 , August 2, 2012 10:37 PM
    Windows 8 is complete garbage. There are rumors saying that you can only get games legally from the live marketplace. Skrew that nonsense, I am staying on Widows 7 so I can use steam.
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    back_by_demand , August 2, 2012 11:16 PM
    K2N haterJobs would have sued you for that.

    The only people Jobs is going to sue are the other stiffs in the graveyard, he patented being dead and even though they died before him they are still in breech of the patent. Just waiting on him being resurrected so he patent that and can sue Jesus too.
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