Microsoft today announced a new Bluetooth keyboard accessory that doesn’t just work with non-Windows devices like some of its past keyboards, it also includes a function for easily switching between Windows, Android, and iOS as well as dedicated keys for the other platforms.
Other nice touches for iOS users: Microsoft even includes a CMD key normally reserved for Mac/iOS keyboards in its proper location in addition to a dedicated home button for both Android and iOS. Not only that, but the keyboard is a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, which means it also has Apple’s seal of approval.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard has an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard… It’s easy and quick to set up, especially on the go. Simply open the protective cover and the keyboard automatically turns on, and connects using Bluetooth. Shut the cover, and it instantly turns off. The cover has an integrated stand that can easily be detached, so you can position your tablet in the most comfortable position.
Microsoft says the keyboard will get 6 months of normal usage on a single overnight charge, while a 10 minute charge will offer 8 hours of usage. As for its size, the keyboard measures .47 inches thick and weighs 12.875 ounces.
The Microsoft Universal Keyboard is expected to arrive in October at the Microsoft Store and other retailers for $80.
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Pretty cool keyboard. I can see how it would be useful. Surprising coming from Microsoft too. Personally I wouldn’t need it just because I have an iphone, so I also have an iPad. No need for switching between operating systems.
Microsoft makes excellent keyboards and mice. I’m not surprised that the best keyboard comes from them.
Do people still type on physical keyboard?
see how they put “iPad & iPhone” first before Android & Windows below “Switch Quickly Between Devices” at the 0:17 second mark. Even the people at Windows know what’s up. They could have probably saved a few bucks still making the keyboard but maybe getting rid of the switch that goes all the way to the Windows end.
Wow! Really impressed. Great little design from Microsoft.
Did that feel like a mcdonalds or coke commercial, where they have someone from every race, to anyone else?
This is tempting because the stand in the MSFT keyboard looks like it would accommodate an iPad with a case. I currently have a Logitech slim keyboard for iPad Mini, but the stand doesn’t play nice with the case that I use.
Well, this is a change from Microsoft. Interesting. They are serious about competing on all fronts now.
For Windows too?? xD
Seriously though MS knows how to make some hw, if I ever buy an iPad I would consider buying one of these.
Cool Keyboard, especially for those with multiple devices with different OS’
so simple and useful~ I like it~
In a word : Perfection! Microsoft does it “RIGHT Yet Again.”
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