Microsoft didn’t just announce two new Lumia smart phones at Mobile World Congress this week: It also announced a new Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard which improves on its previous Microsoft Universal Keyboard by adding the word Foldable to the name.
But I kid. Of course, the improvement here is that the keyboard folds for travel. This design allows the keyboard to be closer to full-sized—the tiny original version was apparently designed for Hobbits—while still including the admittedly excellent capability to be configured to work with three different devices—Windows, Android and iOS—at once.
Unfortunately, the Universal Foldable Keyboard won’t ship until July 2015. It will cost $99.95 at the Microsoft Store and other retailers.
Here’s a list of features and benefits from Microsoft:
Works across devices: The Universal Foldable Keyboard was designed to work with iPad, iPhone, and Android devices and Windows tablets. Pair the keyboard with any combination of two compatible devices and quickly switch between them with one touch.
Ultrathin and lightweight: Only 5mm thin, the innovative, foldable design easily fits into a purse, bag or jacket pocket.
Full-size keyset: The full-size keyset provides fast, accurate typing.
Easy on/easy off: Open the keyboard to connect to your tablet or smartphone. Simply close the keyboard to shut it down.
Spill-resistant design: Water repellent keyset and fabric help protect against accidents.
Rechargeable battery: The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to three months of usage on a single charge.
Bluetooth Smart: Clutter-free and reliable experience utilizing the latest in Bluetooth 4.0 technology, consuming less power.