microsoft universal keyboard

Microsoft unveils Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android, iOS, and Windows, coming in October 2014 for $79.95

microsoft universal keyboard

Microsoft today announced four new accessories to its lineup, all set to arrive before the holiday season this year. The biggest addition is arguably the wired Xbox One controller for Windows, but the company also revealed a universal keyboard and two new mice.

The Universal Mobile Keyboard is slated to arrive in October 2014. The mice will be both available later this month.

UMK comp black2 730×438 Microsoft unveils Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android, iOS, and Windows, coming in October 2014 for $79.95

Microsoft’s pitch for this keyboard is simple: it doesn’t matter if you’re on your tablet or your smartphone. The Universal Mobile Keyboard will work your iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets.

The keyboard’s feature list is as follows:

Designed for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets: The OS switch allows you to work seamlessly across iOS, Android and Windows without sacrificing functionality, and to pair up to three devices with different operating systems at the same time. It also offers each platform’s unique keys, including the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key and Android’s Home button.
Integrated stand: The multipurpose cover includes an integrated stand for your smartphone or tablet.
Easy on/easy off: Flip the cover open to power up and connect, close the cover to power down.
Protective shell: The self-enclosed protective shell eliminates the need for and clutter of an extra carrying case.
Detachable cover/stand: The cover with integrated stand can easily be detached, allowing you to position your device in a more comfortable position.
Rechargeable battery: Microsoft promises up to six months of usage on a single charge.
The keyboard will retail for $79.95. It is launching first in Canada and the US, and is expected in additional markets “soon.”

UMK slightly open black1 730×405 Microsoft unveils Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android, iOS, and Windows, coming in October 2014 for $79.95

The keyboard comes with a protective cover and built-in stand that holds your tablet or smartphone. More importantly, Microsoft promises the rechargeable battery provides up to 6 months of usage on a single charge.