The problem with most mobile keyboards is that they’re optimized to work with only one OS. Microsoft’s Universal Mobile Keyboard solves that problem by allowing users to switch between operating systems while typing on it.
Android, iOS and Windows are finally living happily under the same roof, at least from one point of view. Microsoft created the Universal Mobile Keyboard starting from the premise that it is common for people to own devices running various mobile operating systems.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard comes with a switch that enables users to make the transition between the devices quite effortless. That basically means that the keyboard can be paired with up to three devices running different operating systems. The OS switch definitely makes things a lot easier.
The cover of the keyboard also doubles as a stand for the tablet or the smartphone. As a downside, it’s a bit of a one size fits all product, meaning that it won’t fit the contours of the tablet, for example, nor will it act as a cover for it.
Closing the cover will turn the keyboard off, while opening it will power it up and connect it to the mobile device. That’s a neat feature, while also qualifying as yet another thing that can break.
Microsoft claims that the rechargeable battery can keep the keyboard up and running for up to six months on a single overnight charge. Additionally, a 10 minute charge will provide plenty of power for up to 8 hours of use.
Since the keyboard relies on Bluetooth to connect to the mobile device, there won’t be any wires in your way. Not at last, there’s a Home key on the keyboard that will take you to your home screen, no matter what OS you’re using.
Anyone wanting the Universal Mobile Keyboard should head over to the Microsoft Store next month, when it becomes available. The Redmond giant claimed that various other retailers will carry it, but there has been no word on which retailers specifically. Some claim that $79.95 is a bit too much for such a product, while also pointing out that a lot cheaper similar keyboards are available out there.
It’s up to you whether you think that the device is worth the money or not, but the main idea is that it’s nice that Microsoft thought of blurring the lines between these three operating systems.
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