Microsoft Intros Foldable Keyboard for Windows, iOS, Android Devices
Need to type out a lengthy email or document? This summer, Microsoft will release a compact keyboard for smartphones and tablets that supports practically all mobile platforms.Touch-screens have helped change the face of enterprise mobility, but some users still prefer a traditional keyboard for writing documents and performing tasks that require more than a few virtual key presses. On March 2, during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft unveiled a new slim, foldable keyboard that not only complements the company's new business-friendly Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL smartphones, but also works with smartphones and tablets from rival mobile device makers. Dubbed simply the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, it works with Windows Phones and tablets, as well as iOS (Apple iPhone and iPad) and Android devices. While showing off Microsoft's new Office Universal Apps, specifically Outlook, on a Lumia 930 Windows smartphone at MWC, Julia White, a Microsoft Office general manager, said before unveiling the Universal Foldable Keyboard: "Sometimes when I'm emailing on my phone, I really have … a longer email I want to send and I wish I had a real keyboard." The compact, pocket-able peripheral, built by the Microsoft hardware team, can be paired with up to two devices simultaneously.
White continued, demonstrating how "with Bluetooth, it connects automatically to my Windows Phone, but also my iPhone, my iPad, my Android devices as well." Just as the company's flagship productivity platform has gone multi-platform in the mobile era, Microsoft's new hardware is taking a similar tack, she added.