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Monday, July 30, 2012
Microsoft Announces New Mice and Keyboards Designed for Windows 8


Microsoft Hardware today introduced new products that work with Windows 8.

Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse provides four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips.

The mouse comes free of cables or USB transceivers - you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet. It also features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, and also includes Backpack Mode to power down and sleep along with the computer it's paired to, extending battery life.

It is estimated to retail for US$70.



The new ultraslim Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard brings full-size keyboard comfort to a tablet. Designed specifically for tablet users, Wedge Mobile Keyboard includes some of the most commonly used features, such as Windows Hot Keys and built-in media keys.

The lightweight keyboard features a durable cover that not only helps protect your keyboard from scratches but also converts into a tablet stand. When you're done using it, simply snap the cover back on the keyboard to power it down before you stash it in your bag.

It uses the Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to your tablet without a cable or transceiver. It's estimated retail price is US$80.



Designed to provide comfort matched with portability, the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse features a four-way touch scroll strip, making it easy to navigate the Windows 8 Start screen.

It uses Bluetooth technology and its estimated retail price is US$50.



The Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard provides a balance of mobility and productivity. A full-size keyboard with Microsoft's Comfort Curve design and Bluetooth connectivity, the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard is built to be the ideal travel companion.

It weight is just more than one pound and its Comfort Curve design helps position the hands and wrists in a natural and comfortable resting position.



Battery-saving technology powers the keyboard down into sleep mode after a period of inactivity. The keyboard wakes up and reconnects with the simple tap of a key.

The Sculpt Mobile Keyboard will retail for about US$50.

The Microsoft Touch Mouse will obtain updated functionality specifically designed for Windows 8 with new gesture settings to easily navigate the new UI.

- One-finger swipes allow users to move naturally and intuitively side to side or up and down, shifting content on screen.

- Two-finger movements manage apps, switch through open apps and show app commands.

- Three fingers allow users to zoom in and out.

- Thumb gestures navigate backward and forward within apps.

The Microsoft Touch Mouse will be available at an estimated retail price of US$80.



All products will be available soon at the online Microsoft Store and through other retailers.


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