Microsoft’s New Keyboards

Tech giant Microsoft launched a new Ergonomic and a slim Bluetooth keyboard with dedicated shortcut keys for Office and Windows 10s emoji menu.

The two Microsoft’s New Keyboards joining Microsoft’s lineup of keyboards is the Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard.

“Be more productive with dedicated function keys for Office 365, emojis, search, easy access to media controls”, says Microsoft on the product description page.

Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard

If you’re curious to know how these keys work, read the full article. One can also use the Office key as a shortcut to launch Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Office key + W opens Word and Office key + X opens Excel as reported by The Verge.

Hitting the Office key along with O, T, W, X, P, D, N, Y, and L will launch Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. For those who don’t know that, the same can be achieved from your current keyboard by using the shortcuts “Win Key +. (Period)” or “Win Key + ; (Semi-Colon)” key.

There is a new emoji key on these Microsoft’s New Keyboards. It will launch the emoji picker inside Windows 10. The Ergonomic keyboard houses shortcut keys including media controls. It’s compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, but the Office and emoji keys won’t work without Windows 10.

Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard

The keyboard is already available to purchase in the Microsoft Store. The Ergonomic keyboard is priced at $59.99, and includes a fabric palm rest and is wired to a PC via a USB port.

The Bluetooth keyboard has a wireless range of up to 33 feet and is compatible with Windows 8.1 and 10. Bluetooth keyboard (Bluetooth 5.0 support and up to 3 years battery life) is priced at $49.99.

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