Microsoft has launched a new portable keyboard that is compatible with Windows, iOS and Android mobile devices.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard, which is due to go on sale in October, can be paired with devices running on different operating systems (OS) via Bluetooth, and allows users to switch between Android, iOS and Windows modes with the click of a button.
While it is not unusual for other keyboards to work with multiple operating systems, many require users to go through the ‘re-pairing’ process each time they want to switch OS. Microsoft’s latest accessory has been designed to make this process much easier, and requires users to simply slide an OS switch. The keyboard also incorporates various OS-specific keys such as the Windows control button, Android Home key and iOS command button to provide cross-platform users with a seamless experience.
“With the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard, getting stuff done while you’re on the go has never been easier,” said a post on the Microsoft Fire Hose blog. “Power through e-mails, put together a proposal, build a presentation, or simply instant message with a friend. The Universal Mobile Keyboard has an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. And with the physical ‘chiclet’ style keyset on this keyboard, you’ll feel like you’re typing on your laptop without lugging around the extra weight or bulk.”
The new accessory, which has a protective cover and integrated stand, will go on sale next month at an estimated retail price of US$79.95.
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