Microsoft's latest keyboards include dedicated Office and emoji keys. The software company has been experimenting with Office keys on keyboards earlier this year and now has released a new ergonomic and slim Bluetooth keyboard with dedicated buttons. The Office key replaces the right Windows key and is used to launch Office apps for Windows 10 that act as hubs for the Microsoft productivity suite. You can also use the Office key as a shortcut to start Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so on. For example, Office key + W opens Word, Office key + X opens Excel.
In addition to the Office key, this new keyboard also has a new emoji key. The emoji picker starts in Windows 10, but unfortunately I can't assign it to a specific emoji or create a shortcut. Emoji keys on the new Microsoft keyboard are obviously rare, but the company is targeting this new hardware in businesses where Office is widespread and emoticon usage is increasing. It is not clear whether other third-party keyboards will adopt other keyboards. Most keyboards come with a dedicated Windows key, and Microsoft has licensed the Windows key to make it look the same everywhere. Microsoft has not yet released a licensing program that is similar to the new Office key.
Microsoft quietly released this new keyboard at its Surface hardware event last week, but it will be available in stores on October 15. The Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard is priced at $ 59.99 and comes with a fabric palm rest that connects to your PC via a USB port. Microsoft's compact Bluetooth keyboard costs $ 49.99 and supports Bluetooth 5.0 with up to three years of battery life.
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