This week, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc updated Blogging Windows with news that the company is launching the Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop bundle (opens in new tab) this spring. Costing $99.95, this bundle includes a compact mouse and a super-thin full-size keyboard with a built-in number pad. The company boasts that this keyboard is the company's thinnest to date.
According to LeBlanc, the keyboard features chiclet-style soft touch keys, media keys for controlling the playback of video and audio files, and Function Keys, such as Search and so forth, to make navigating Windows even easier. Even more, the keyboard will connect to most Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices, including those with Android 4.4, Mac OS 10.10, Windows 8 and 8.1, and Windows RT 8 and RT 8.1. (Sorry, iOS wasn't on the list.)
"There are magnetics on the battery doors that glide gently into place," LeBlanc reported. "Don't worry, the battery doors are very secure when closed so you don't need to worry about the batteries falling out. And calculated precision was used in every space and depth of each key on the keyboard so that when you're typing it feels just right."
As for the mouse, it's based on Microsoft's BlueTrack Technology, meaning that the peripheral can be used on just about any surface. The mouse is also ambidextrous in design so that lefties aren't left out in the cold. Even more, LeBlanc says that thanks to Bluetooth Smart technology (4.0), the battery life can extend out to six months. Both the keyboard and the mouse provide an LED to indicate when the battery life is getting low.
Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't provide the actual thickness of these two devices. However, we know that the keyboard measures 15.32 x 4.41 inches and the mouse measures 2.36 x 4.21 inches, both of which seem to be sleek enough to carry around with a mobile device.
"There are two important takeaways with the new Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop: it's awesome design and that it uses Bluetooth," LeBlanc added. "Its design is all about subtleties and attention to detail (that's why we're calling it "Designer")."
The Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop bundle will be made available in May 2015. In the meantime, customers interested in picking up this keyboard/mouse combo can pre-purchase it right here (opens in new tab).
On a related note, Microsoft also revealed this week that the Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 (opens in new tab) is now offered in two new colors: Magenta Pink and Cyan Blue. These will be made available on March 19 and cost a mere $14.95. Other colors include Black, Wool Blue, Light Orchid, Pantone Purple and Flame Red.
Microsoft is offering free shipping on both the Designer Bluetooth Desktop bundle and the Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850.