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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 Pirks on 3/12/2008 4:33:52 PM , Rating: 1
Office is not and has not been propietory since about 1999. It's been licensed and adapted for the Mac platform for years. Windows was not proprietory because you could put it on just about any machine you wanted except for a Mac.
Proprietary means owned by one company and closed, and noone knows about its internals because the source code is closed. This is about Windows and Office and Internet explorer and almost all the other MS software in general.

Apple Mac OS X kernel (Darwin) whose source code is open for anyone is totally different thing. Apple Safari HTML rendering engine (WebKit) that has source code also open is a different thing. Pretty far from closed source Windows and Internet Explorer. So Apple's stuff is much less proprietary than MS stuff. You can even hack Mac OS X pretty easily or even just download hacked image from torrents, and Apple doesn't care about those OSX86 wikis, they are okay with people using their OS as long as Mac sales are growing constantly, which is the case for recent several years. From my point of view, as a tech literate person, Mac OS X is as open as Windows hardware-wise, I can run it on my home self-assembled PC any moment I want, but it has open source kernel and other important components like WebKit are also open source.
iPods and iPhones have a proprietory relationship with iTunes, they won't work with other software. Get it?
Microsoft Zunes have a proprietary relationship with Zune Marketplace, get it? And unlike MS Zune I can make my iPod easily work with another software, instead of iTunes I can use YamiPod for example, get it?

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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