Microsoft Unveils New Keyboards and Mice for Windows 10
The new peripherals allow quick and more secure access to some of the most notable new features added to Windows 10.Less than a week after Microsoft began rolling out the Windows 10 update to eligible users, the company has announced a refreshed line of keyboards and mice designed for the operating system. Among them is the new minimalist Wireless Desktop 900, a keyboard and mouse combo with 30-range, "quiet-touch" keys and an ambidextrous mouse. With the company's Mouse and Keyboard Center software (a free download), the keyboard provides "one-touch access to Cortana, OneNote and virtual desktops," noted Microsoft spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc in an Aug. 4 announcement. The Wireless Desktop 900 bundle should also help put to rest fears that snoops can pluck keystrokes from its wireless connections. "The Wireless Desktop 900 also features AES encryption so you can enjoy safe and secure wireless connectivity," said LeBlanc. "Each keyboard is permanently paired with its receiver at the factory—no key information is ever shared over the air," reads Microsoft's online product listing. The Wireless Desktop 900 goes on sale on Oct. 1 for $49.95. The Wireless Mouse 900 can also be purchased separately for $29.95.
A follow-up to Microsoft's popular Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is also in the works. Now dubbed the Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600, it features low-power "Bluetooth 4.0 SMART technology and a 4-way scroll wheel for navigating up, down, left and right," LeBlanc said. The compact mouse can also squeeze six months of use out of its single AA battery. Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is available on Oct. 8 for $29.95.