Microsoft is planning to licence its keyboard and mouse technologies for the first time in history.
Microsoft will allow third party companies to use Microsoft's U2, tilt wheel and magnifier technologies.
U2 is an interface for detection and switching. It is designed to automatically allow a keyboard or mouse to determine whether it needs a USB or PS2 connection to a computer. Tilt wheels allow users to scroll vertically as well as horizontally. Microsoft's magnifier is used as an editing and viewing tool for devices such as mice.
Microsoft expects that the cost would run between 30 and 35 cents a unit for those who wanted to licence the technology.
Microsoft does not plan to licence their range of Ergonomic keyboards.