Microsoft updates own mice, keyboards for Windows 8
Windows 8 will hit stores (and perhaps your computer) on October 26 and despite there’s still some time left Microsoft has started updating its own PC peripherals to match what Windows 8 has to offer.
For ultra-portable computers and tablets Microsoft now has the Wedge Touch Mouse (69.95 USD) and the Wedge Mobile Keyboard (79.95 USD) – the two devices are surprisingly small and light. While the mouse looks futuristic and rather unusual the Wedge Mobile Keyboard comes with a more smartphone-oriented keyboard look with a clean design. The keyboard turns ON as soon as its cover is removed and goes to sleep when covered. The cover itself can also be used as a stand (horizontal and vertical position) for a “Pro” (Intel-powered) Windows 8 tablet.
For serious work Microsoft has prepared the Sculpt keyboard and mouse, which cost 49.95 USD each. Both are bigger and more comfortable than their Wedge counterparts. The mouse features a four way touch scroll strip that detects vertical and horizontal swipes. The vertical swipe is equivalent to the mouse wheel, while the horizontal motion is useful to induce scrolling in the Metro interface.
All the devices use the Bluetooth 3.0 technology and that will leave your USB ports free. It is not known, however, when Microsoft will release the mice and keyboards on the market.