Microsoft readies Wedge Mouse, Wedge Mobile Keyboard for Windows 8 launch

Summary:The new input devices surfaced briefly on Best Buy's website: $60.99 for the mouse, $68.99 for the keyboard.

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As part of its facelift ahead of the launch of Windows 8 in October , Microsoft looks like its tinkering with its input devices as well as its software interfaces. A Czech website has unearthed pictures of a new mouse and portable keyboard that would presumably be released in the same time frame as the company's new OS.

As its name suggests, the Wedge Touch Mouse (pictured above) would appear to also work as a gesture input device, which makes sense given the touch-friendly features of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. According to German site WinFuture, the mouse is also capable of a 360-degree scroll function.

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard will supposedly be bundled with some versions of Windows 8. The most notable feature from the published image would be the "doubling-up" of "y" and "z" on a single key. It also has special keys dedicated to items on Windows 8's new Charm bar, and seems to come with a cover as well.

Best Buy apparently had the two devices listed on its site yesterday, though they are no longer there. The Wedge Touch Mouse was listed for $60.99, and the Wedge Mobile Keyboard for $68.99. The original post on Czech site WinRepublic has also been removed, which means Microsoft may be trying to cut off the spreading of this leak any further. Clearly, it's a bit too late.

[Via TheVerge 1, 2]

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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