Microsoft isn’t exactly known for its hardware, but they’re actually doing quite well in that division. I have a few Microsoft mice here at home, and together with a few Logitech rodents they rank among the best mice I laid my hands on.
Now Microsoft is closely following in the footsteps of Logitech when it comes to keyboards. I have applauded the Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard a few weeks ago, and Microsoft has just announced its Universal Mobile Keyboard.
Functionally, it’s quite similar to the K480, since it will support three devices regardless of operating system: Windows (of course), iOS (iPad) and Android. I suspect that Macs will be able to pair with them just as well, although that might pose problems for a few keys. Like the K480, it has a builtin stand for a tablet or smartphone. Unlike the K480, it contains a rechargeable battery (hi there, Logitech K810), and it also comes with a detachable cover – I like that last part, since it makes the keyboard a lot more portable when you do not have to fear putting it in a bag or a rucksack.
It’s good to more ideas when it comes to keyboards for mobile use. At work, I have seen the flimsy keyboards that come in the now classic iPad flip covers, and many of those aren’t very good. Now it just remains to be seen whether manufacturers like Logitech and Microsoft are ready to deliver the goods in AZERTY as well as QWERTY formats…