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Microsoft adds tablet peripherals for Windows 8

31 Jul 2012
A Microsoft Surface tablet showing the Windows 8 metro interface and windows 8 logo

Microsoft has unveiled a set of peripherals designed for the tablets running the company's Windows 8 operating system.

The company said that the devices, which include external keyboards and mice, would be designed to function with Windows 8 devices such as tablets.

Among the new lines will be the Wedge line of peripherals. Designed with an ultra-compact form factor, the Wedge hardware will be designed to operate on all surfaces and integrate with tablet systems.

Other hardware options include the Sculpt mouse and keyboard lines and the Touch mouse series, which will include support for multi-finger gestures.

"Our new mice and keyboards really light up Windows, providing fast and fluid navigation, increased productivity, and enhanced mobility packaged in sleek, stylish designs," said Microsoft hardware general manager Brett Kelleran.

"Microsoft Hardware is designed by Microsoft, optimised for Windows."

The introduction of the new peripherals come in the wake of Microsoft's disclosure that the first Surface tablets, which will be based on the ARM processor platform, are due to be released to the public on 26 October.

Microsoft has previously expressed concern that the Surface line of tablets could harm its OEM relationships.

The company admitted in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the tablet will put the company in direct competition with its OEM partners and possibly damage relationships with hardware vendors.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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