Microsoft touts Windows 7-optimized keyboard and mouse combo

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Microsoft has announced a brand new keyboard and mouse combo designed with ergonomics in mind. The Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 combines the company's BlueTrack technology with a Comfort Curve layout that encourages natural wrist posture, soft-touch palm rest and low-profile quiet keys.

Gearing up for the general availability of its next operating system in October, Microsoft included some Windows 7 optimizations, particularly the Taskbar Favorites keys which is said to map to the location of open applications on the improved taskbar for instant access, along with a Windows Flip button on the mouse and keyboard and Device Stage support.

Both peripherals connect to a given computer using a single, small 2.4GHz RF transceiver friendly to the USB ports of both desktops and notebooks. As for pricing and availability, Microsoft’s Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is expected to become available later this month for an estimated retail price of $80; it’s available today for pre-order at Amazon.

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