Well look at this – from a very unlikely maker comes an accessory that can be used with just about any device.
How would you feel about one single keyboard accessory that works with your smartphone or tablet, regardless of the platform that powers it? Microsoft has introduced its new “Universal Mobile Keyboard” that can function with Apple iPads, iPhones, Android powered smartphones and tablets as well as all Windows based tablets that contain Bluetooth Human Interface Device support (HID) and are 10mm or thinner.
The new hardware offering from Microsoft is likely to be available for general sale next month, directly from the Microsoft Hardware Store, and will cost around the $79.95 mark. The keyboard itself comes equipped with a lightweight protective cover and built-in stand that acts as a gateway between the accessory and any connected smartphone or tablet. The design includes a cover that acts as a stand – it’s clear some thought went into this!
The Universal Mobile Keyboard can also be paired with up to three smartphone or tablet devices running various operating systems. It’s perfectly acceptable to connect an iPad, an Android powered smartphone and a Windows tablet at the same time, with the keyboard offering an operating system switch that allows owners to quickly and efficiently switch between those connected devices. If you’re planning on purchasing one of these fantastic keyboards next month, then make sure your device is running iOS 6.0 or above, Android 4.0 or higher, or Windows RT. What do you think? Buy?