Windows: Windows 8 Hardware: Microsoft Delivers Before Operating System Launch

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-05 Print this article Print
Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard

The ultrathin Sculpt Mobile Keyboard looks great at home or on the go, and its Comfort Curve design encourages natural wrist posture with a slight, six-degree curve. Windows 8 Hot Keys let you quickly search, share or access your devices, settings and Windows start screen with the tap of a finger. Connecting to any computer enabled with Bluetooth is easy, with no transceiver required. Users can get up to 10 months of battery life with an on/off switch that conserves battery power and a two-color battery-life indicator that warns people when it's time to switch batteries.
As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, Microsoft Hardware announces the launch of several new devices, all finely tuned for use with Windows 8. Four of the devices are Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized yet sturdy and designed for use on the go—including with tablets. New mice and keyboards are on the way, and are designed for mobile and for Windows 8, Microsoft announced July 30. In the coming weeks and months, the company will introduce two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice to the market—the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. On Oct. 26, the general availability date of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will also release updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse. "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. The bevy of keyboards and mice, which are specifically tuned to Windows 8 and designed for mobile computing, is the largest collection of Bluetooth offerings the company has ever announced at one time. The launch also comes during Microsoft Hardware's 30th anniversary year. "For 30 years, we've been creating products designed to light up features in Microsoft software and making it easier to get things done. It's part of our DNA," Kelleran says. "In that way, it's fitting that we are showcasing our first set of hardware products designed and optimized for Windows 8. It's the reason why our group was formed, and in these products, that's shining through."
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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