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August 3, 2009

Microsoft rolls out Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

Includes 'smart' one-touch features for Windows 7

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft has introduced Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000. The company said that this new desktop set combines the Microsoft Comfort Curve keyboard layout with a soft-touch palm rest to enhance the PC experience for the users.

According to the company, the Microsoft Hardware Group has also created smart one-touch features for Windows 7 to enhance consumers experience on their new Windows 7-based PCs. Also, the design elements of the keyboard are expected to enhance its look and feel with low-profile quiet touch keys and a contoured, compact shape.

The included Wireless Mouse 5000, with rubber side grips, reportedly features Microsoft BlueTrack technology, which lets consumers work on more surfaces than when using optical and laser mice. Both the mouse and keyboard wirelessly connect to the computer via a reliable 2.4GHz mini-transceiver that works up to 30 feet away.

According to the company, a new feature called Taskbar Favorites is said to allow Microsoft keyboard users to access their open programmes. Instead of the traditional My Favorites Keys with stored locations, Taskbar Favorites will map to the location of open applications on the improved Windows taskbar. The icons in the taskbar can be rearranged by clicking and dragging; Taskbar Favorites will adapt to the new icon locations.

In addition, the company noted that its hardware mouse and keyboard products support Device Stage, a Windows 7 feature that gives customers access to common tasks, including product information, registration, settings and more for device categories such as cell phones, cameras, printers, portable media players and input devices. Also, the users can see a thumbnail preview of all open windows with the press of a button. A full-screen preview of the application automatically displays, enabling the user to identify and select the desired application.

Gary Schare, director of hardware ecosystem product management at Microsoft, said: “We’re excited about the work Microsoft Hardware has done to light up the key features of Windows 7. For example, the Taskbar Favorites keys on the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 complement our improved taskbar — helping to deliver a full end-to-end experience to make life on a Windows 7-based PC easier and more enjoyable.”

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