Anyone hoping for Microsoft-branded Windows Hello cameras and fingerprint readers will be disappointed by this little collection of products. But the software giant today announced that it will deliver some new and improved keyboards and mice for Windows 10 in the fall. And they will at least support Cortana, Task View and other Windows 10 features.
Here’s what’s coming.
Wireless Desktop 900
This non-ergonomic keyboard/mouse set features quiet-touch keys, secure wireless capabilities with AES encryption, and one-click shortcuts for Cortana, OneNote, and virtual desktops. It costs $49.99 and starts shipping October 1, 2015. Or you can just pick up the “ambidextrous” (read: non-ergonomic) Wireless Mouse 900 separately for $29.95.
Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600
Billed as an update to the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, the Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 features new Bluetooth 4.0 SMART technology and a 4-way scroll wheel. It will be available at the Microsoft Store starting October 8 and will cost $29.95.
Updates to existing hardware
In addition to those two new offerings—apparently, the release of Windows 10 caught the hardware guys by surprise—Microsoft will also update several existing hardware products for the new OS, adding AES encryption and access to Windows 10 features like Cortana, OneNote, and virtual desktops. These include the Sculpt Comfort Desktop (now available, $79.95), the Wireless Desktop 850 (available September 23 for $39.95) and Keyboard 850 (formerly the 800, available September 23 for $24.95), the Wireless Desktop 3050 (formerly the 3000, available October 7 for $59.95), and the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 (formerly the 5000, available October 7 for $69.95).
And while Microsoft didn’t mention this, an accompanying promotional video shows off the coming Xbox One Wireless Controller for Windows 10, which is shipping this fall as well.