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Microsoft Has A New Keyboard for iOS and Android

by Brandon Russell | September 17, 2014September 17, 2014 4:00 am PST

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

Mortal enemies by nature, that doesn’t mean Microsoft can’t build products for competing platforms. The Redmond company has a new “Universal Mobile Keyboard” that’s not only compatible with Windows, but Android and iOS, too. The device is $79.95, and is meant to be a productivity piece of hardware for, hopefully, people who use services like Office 365.

The move might seem odd, but the keyboard is designed to get the most out of Office, which is available on competing platforms. Both Apple and Google offer their own productivity suite, and there is certainly no shortage of keyboard options, but Microsoft believes its fresh new hardware is the one to beat. Don’t have anything for your iPad? Hey, Microsoft makes a keyboard; what a strange combo.

The keyboard made for devices like the Surface Pro are excellent, so we imagine that same quality is present in Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. As you can see in the photo above, the keyboard is no fuss, and very straightforward; it’s the usual layout of keys, though the top row is a little shrunken down to accommodate for the space. The keyboard will be available starting in October.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...