Microsoft has created a Universal Mobile Keyboard specially designed for Android, iOS and Windows tablets. More importantly, the keyboard includes a button to switch between iOS, Android, and Windows Bluetooth modes.
Earlier we have seen many keyboards unveiled by Microsoft that support iOS and Android. But this time, the company has gone a step further. The Universal Mobile Keyboard includes an Android home key and a cmd key typically found on Apple keyboards. It also works with Windows tablets. Note that, the keyboard doesn’t work with Windows Phone smartphones.
Lets have a look at the features of Microsoft’s Universal Mobile Keyboard as a glance.
- The keyboard’s OS switch allows users to work seamlessly across iOS, Android and Windows without sacrificing functionality. It can pair up to three devices with different operating systems at the same time.
- The keyboard offers each platform’s unique keys, including the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key and Android’s Home button.
- Integrated stand: The multipurpose cover includes an integrated stand for smartphone or tablet.
- Easy on/easy off: Flip the cover open to power up and connect, close the cover to power down.
- Protective shell: The self-enclosed protective shell eliminates the need for and clutter of an extra carrying case.
- Detachable cover/stand: The cover with integrated stand can easily be detached, allowing users to position their device in a more comfortable position.
- Rechargeable battery: Microsoft promises up to six months of usage on a single charge.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard is slated to arrive in October 2014 and will retail for $79.95. It will be launched first in Canada and the US and “soon” in other countries. Here’s a video of the Universal Mobile Keyboard.