Microsoft Previews “Ultimate” Wireless Keyboard, Delays Office 2007 Release

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Microsoft Previews “Ultimate” Wireless Keyboard

Microsoft is teasing a new Bluetooth wireless keyboard product on its site that it claims as the “ultimate” keyboard.  The new keyboard, that has been given no name or model number, has backlighting that adjusts via a built-in ambient light sensor.  Meaning, when the room darkens the keyboard lights up.  As a power saving feature the keyboard has a sensor that determines when it’s no longer in use so that it can go to sleep and save battery life.  Included in this wireless desktop set is a mouse that charges on its pad via induction when not in use.  Since the keyboard will be using Bluetooth you can get a 30 foot range — meaning your notebook can be controlled quite easily from across the room.  More and more notebooks come standard with built-in Bluetooth and so would be compatible with this new keyboard.


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The upcoming Microsoft wireless desktop set will feature metal accents for a stylish look and various multimedia features.  Microsoft has announced no release date for this wireless desktop system, but is teasing it on their hardware website via a flash demonstration:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/ultimatekeyboard/default.mspx

 


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Microsoft Office 2007 Delayed

Microsoft currently has a beta 2 version of Office 2007 available for public download that can be found here: Office 2007 Beta 2 download.  And apparently based on feedback the company has been receiving on this beta version of Office they have decided that their quoted release of October is no longer going to happen.  The new release date is for “end of year” to business customers and “early 2007” for consumers to purchase it from retail stores.  Both dates are vague and would seem to indicate that realistically it won’t be until the 1st quarter of 2007 that anyone will be using a final version of Office 2007.  That would coincide with the Microsoft Vista OS release.  Unless the Vista release is pushed back again that is.  Windows Vista and Office 2007 just keep leap frogging over each other down the calendar year — it will be interesting to see which actually gets pressed to a disc and sold first.

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