Images leaked of portable Microsoft keyboard designed for Windows 8

A Czech website has released photographs of what it claims are a Microsoft-developed keyboard being designed specifically for Windows 8. The keyboard features Windows 8's new logo and appears to be a companion device for tablets.

According to WinMAG, the keyboard will be announced by Microsoft in the coming months and launch alongside Windows 8 and Windows RT in October. The site claims the keyboard was designed for use with Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, featuring a dedicated key for the new charms bar in Windows 8 and Windows RT. The keyboard will also come with a slip cover, seen below, for easier portability. Microsoft's new keyboard will be released under a new "Wedge Mobile" brand, the site says, which will also include all of Microsoft's new mobile peripherals.

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Source: WinMAG | Image via WinMAG

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littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

Looks like a lot of alt + use

Not a fan

littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

german has allot of weird ass symbols in the language and mostly those are barely used. Allot of keyboards arent so 'empty' as the US-international setup. lots of shift+key, alt+key or even ctrl+alt+key are very common in european keyboards

Shadowzz said,
german has allot of weird ass symbols in the language

Apart from the ß (double s) German actually doesn't have any other "weird ass" symbols. You can have umlauts on certain letters such as "ü" but it's still just a "u" with dots on it.

Shadowzz said,

even ctrl+alt+key are very common in european keyboards

Rather, Alt Gr. You know, that key that noone really knows why its there, but still ignores it and dare not remove it from the keyboard layouts even now.

Like you've said, most people use ctrl+alt rather then the Alt GR key. It does the same thing as ctrl+alt, yet not used.

.Neo said,

Apart from the ß (double s) German actually doesn't have any other "weird ass" symbols. You can have umlauts on certain letters such as "ü" but it's still just a "u" with dots on it.

There are others... Even in American English there are 'weird ass' symbols that people don't use properly when doing straight ASCII input. For example, how often do you see people type the proper ¢ or © or • or Em space?

littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

I feel your pain, still ripping through columns of numbers on the Keypad faster than touch typing allows. (My mom was an accountant and I was taught various 10key methods before I could type.)

However, I have always had or carried a Keypad, and there are some really nice wireless and bluetooth ones you can find.

http://www.bing.com/shopping/s...umeric+keypad&FORM=HURE

Even when buying notebooks, I go for the ones with a keypad, and widescreen/HD screen ratios and gaming have helped keep them around. On non-keypad notebooks or Tablets just a keypad and throw it in with your keyboard.


roadwarrior said,
I call fake for one simple (and very obvious) reason. The font on the box and the case where it says Microsoft is totally wrong. Here is the official one (which Microsoft certainly would have used if this was legit): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us...E1310271998364C31DA23AB09EF

edit: nevermind. just read the translation of the article, and I hadn't heard about the new Microsoft logo before.

This is a double take for a lot of people still.

I admire your candor in owning that you didn't know, it is a fresh reassurance in humanity to see people go whoops I was wrong.

There appears to be a new Microsoft logo, too (the same one that was shown at the end of the Surface promo). I do wonder whether they will be changing their official logo to this. I believe their current official logo should certainly be updated to fall in line with the Metro philosophy.

So Microsoft designed this for Windows 8? Does not go with their new design principles at all. Metro is flat and sharp edged. This is shiny and curvy. Not saying this is a bad design, but they are the ones who want to be "consistent" everywhere and in everything, then what is this?

Keyboard looks fine - then again I bought a keyboard for £2 in 2005 and I'm still using it, so maybe I'm not the best judge. But Wedge Mobile? What the heck is that all about?

mykie said,
Is "Wedge Mobile" a callout to Apple's Macbook Air design patent?

http://www.theverge.com/policy...macbook-air-wedge-ultrabook

Patent or not, you realize wedge shaped keyboards and notebooks have been around far before Apple started selling them and pretending they invented them?

I think they all have a 'cool' factor in looks, no matter who originated or inspired the concepts.

I even like the original iMac looks, even though the design was a rip off from an clothing iron of all things.

drazgoosh said,
Knowing Microsoft hardware, it'll be out of my price range...

Maybe, maybe not. They have high and low end stuff. You can get a good Wireless mouse for $15 or a bit better variation for $20-30 or get into the Arcs for $40 and onward and upward. Same with keyboards, I picked up a wireless Microsoft keyboard, simple flat nice for under $20 not long ago, and a couple of years ago I also paid over $300 for a 8000 series keyboard set.

PS Want really good deals on 'older good' Microsoft stuff (or any solid hardware peripheral brand), hit your local second hand stores. People give away and sell really good models for a couple of bucks if you don't mind hitting it with 409 to make it pretty and clean again.

Even if you can afford good stuff, there are some good deals on of circulation mouse keyboards far cheaper than eBay, especially if you know what the products or have a phone with ya to look them up.

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