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Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft announces Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 with see through accents to mimic the Aero interface

Microsoft announced the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 today with a design Microsoft says is intended to complement the Windows Vista Aero interface. The desktop set includes a new ultrathin comfort Curve keyboard and a rechargeable mouse.

The hallmark of the keyboard is a translucent Aero-inspired design along with floating hot keys and one touch instant access to Windows Flip 3D. The comfort curve keyboard has a smoked translucent border to mimic the look and feel of the translucent Aero borders on screens.

Other keyboard features include what Microsoft calls floating My Favorite Keys that allow users to simply press and hold one of the hot keys, like setting favorites on a car stereo, to bind websites to the keys.

Carla Foster, group marketing manager at Microsoft said in a statement, “This keyboard is a perfect example of Microsoft's focus on connecting its hardware with Windows Vista, bringing the elegance of Windows Aero to the keyboard. The Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 truly brings the best of both worlds together -- a beautiful design and a full suite of productivity features -- making it the best option for customers desiring a sophisticated accessory for their computer."

The keyboard included with the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 uses Microsoft’s familiar Comfort Curve design with six degrees of curve. The mouse included with the desktop is the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000. The mouse is rechargeable and includes a horizontal charging station. LEDs on the mouse tell users when the mouse needs to be charged. The desktop uses 2.4GHz wireless technology for connectivity. Wide availability for the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 will begin in April at $129.95.

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By CU on 3/11/2008 4:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to compete with your cash cow. Just get Dell or someone to sell it. MS would only design the case and maybe the monitor, so that everything would match. It would be an MS line like Dell has the XPS line. What is the point of making an Aero keyboard and mice if the rest of the system doesn't match it. It would be a good to have something to link MS with style.

Yeah the first 360's had some problems, but that is all fixed now isn't it. Beside everyone can make a mistake.

By TomZ on 3/11/2008 5:49:27 PM , Rating: 2
Just because a business "can" invest in a particular product, it doesn't mean they "should." Any company has limited investment opportunities, and the trick is to find the opportunities that bring the greatest financial return for a given amount of investment. And I don't think that selling PC's would bring them higher returns compared with other things they are doing, e.g., developing software.

By Anonymous Freak on 3/11/2008 10:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to compete with your cash cow. Just get Dell or someone to sell it. MS would only design the case and maybe the monitor, so that everything would match.

Uh, that's all Dell does. You do realize that Dell doesn't actually own any manufacturing factories any more, don't you? ("Integration" plants, yes. But the physical parts aren't made by Dell any more than the MacBook Pro is manufactured by Apple.) They could do a co-branded one, like they do with the (Product)RED Dells, but if they were going to go whole-hog and brand it Microsoft, they might as well just go with the same manufacturing OEMs every other white-box maker uses, rather than adding yet another middle-man.

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