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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:10

Windows 8 Hardware Edition - New Keyboards and Mice Announced

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It seems there’s no end to the Microsoft Windows 8 marketing juggernaut with the announcement of keyboards and mice specially designed for Windows 8.

3 Mice and 2 keyboards are on their way from Microsoft Corp to further enhance your Windows 8 experience in what looks like part of an “all in” move by Gates & Co to take back some of the Mac OS defectors.

The Wedge Touch mouse and Wedge Mobile keyboard will be your Windows 8 tablet’s BFF as they feature a lightweight, “artful and minimalist design” using Bluetooth Technology for a tangle free experience.  They will transform your mobile device, into a bigger, heavier, less portable mobile device.  Laptop anyone?  From the main picture you can see a clean nicely designed keyboard with the mouse offering a unique “if I need to chock open my door I know what to use” inspired look.

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The Sculpt Touch mouse and Sculpt Mobile keyboard offer the desktop user with the same functionality as the Wedge devices but in a more traditional manner.  The mouse actually resembles a mouse and the keyboard is another clean design which interestingly includes the “love it or hate it” kink design which is said to provide a more natural typing feel.  I’m yet to be convinced.  Again Bluetooth technology is used, so keep those batteries handy.

sculpt-mobile-keyboard

The Touch mouse is nothing new to the Microsoft range of mice, but will be host to a new firmware to fully exploit the potentials of the Windows 8 operating system.  Additional multi touch gestures will be included to make the mouse feel part of the new family.

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All mice will feature 4 way scrolling and navigation and the “use virtually anywhere” BlueTrack Technology.

It’s great to see Microsoft really getting behind Windows 8.  Nothing has proven to be as a popular or as solid as Windows XP, with Vista being a train wreck and Windows 7 being much, much better but still not all the way there.  If Windows 8 ends up being all it’s cracked up to be, then Microsoft still has a fighting chance.


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