Microsoft has just revealed a new set of PC accessories which will be available this fall. They include a new Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse, a colorful, but simpler wireless mouse, and an Xbox One video game controller that comes with a cable allowing you to use it with Windows PCs.
But one of the most interesting accessories is a keyboard. That’s because Microsoft’s new $80 Universal Mobile Keyboard isn’t just designed to work with Windows tablets… it also supports Android and iOS devices.
The Bluetooth keyboard has a rechargeable battery that runs for up to 6 months between charges. Microsoft says 10 minutes of charging should also give you enough juice to type away for 8 hours.
The keyboard also has a detachable cover. When it’s attached you can use it to cover the keys for protection… or you can flip the cover open and use it as a stand for a tablet. You can also detach the cover and use it as a tablet stand that’s placed further away from the keyboard.
What’s most surprising about this keyboard is that you can pair it with up 3 different devices and toggle between iOS, Android, and iOS modes by flipping a switch.
There are media buttons at the top of the keyboard, and there’s a home button instead of a Windows key. Tapping it can bring up the Android or iOS home screens or a Windows Start Screen or Start Menu.
The keyboard measures 0.47 inches thick and weighs 12.9 ounces.
Microsoft isn’t the only company that offers a universal Bluetooth keyboard that supports multiple operating systems. But it’s the only model of this type that I’m aware of which is made and sold by the same company that makes one of those operating systems.