Microsoft's Universal Mobile Keyboard is Android, iOS, and Windows compatible and will sell for $79.95 in October 2014.
Microsoft is, like many manufacturers, known for stamping their OS logo on their products. When you buy a Surface tablet, for example, you know you’re buying a Windows tablet – no denying it. But the new Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, is all about getting Microsoft’s products and services into the hands of consumers who’d otherwise choose alternatives. We’ve been impressed with Microsoft’s generosity regarding its Office suite for iOS (specifically the iPad), but Microsoft’s latest offering will bring a little Microsoft hardware to Android and iOS consumers as well.
Microsoft has created its Universal Mobile Keyboard that is tri-OS compatible (meaning that it works for Android, iOS, and Windows devices), but the company doesn’t have a dedicated Windows key on the device. In fact, if you didn’t know Microsoft made it, you couldn’t tell the difference between it and other universal Bluetooth keyboards.
The Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard will come with an OS-switch button that allows you to navigate between typing on Android, iOS, and Windows screens. The device also has a rechargeable battery that will allow you to charge your battery for 10 minutes for a full 24 hours of use, or 6 months of use on a single full charge.
Microsoft’s Universal Mobile Keyboard will retail for $79.95 and will be available in October. If you intend to buy the soon-to-be-announced iPad Air 2 (or iPad Mini 3) but really want Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering may be another “next big thing.”