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Windows Vista to launch with some swanky hardware devices from Microsoft

Microsoft's hardware division is at it again and this time they're pulling out all the stops with their latest product. The company has unveiled a new teaser campaign on its site that showcases "The Ultimate Keyboard."

The new Bluetooth-based wireless keyboard is aimed at making your Windows Vista experience even more pleasurable with such features as a backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor and proximity sensing to power down the lighting when you leave the room. Even more impressive is the included pad that charges your mouse when not in use. It's probably using some kind of induction charging system similar to what's used in A4Tech's BatteryFree Mouse. The ergonomic keyboard also features a host of media buttons and controls to take advantage of Vista's multimedia capabilities and has a 30 foot range. But for all its features, the new keyboard ditches the traditional numpad that most have grown accustomed to.

Microsoft's latest and greatest features premium grade plastic construction along with metal accents to liven things up. The Ultimate Keyboard is sure to have an ultimate price once it's released; likely around the same time that Vista hits store shelves.

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RE: Aweful for Programming
By cgrecu77 on 6/29/2006 3:56:32 PM , Rating: 0
why would a programmer need the home/end keys? I'm a programmer and I work mostly with the keyboard and the only keys I ever used outside the main block are PgUp/Down and arrows. If you use home/end a lot I have to assume is you use them in combination with Ctrl and maybe shift - I would hardly call this a deal breaker. However, quality plastic would go a long way with people that type for hours every day. Unfortunately it looks like the keys are not spaced very well, but probably it's hard to tell without actually using it - I doubt it's as cramped as on a laptop.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By TomZ on 6/29/2006 4:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
I use Home and End to move the cursor to the beginning and end of line, respectively.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By cgrecu77 on 6/29/2006 9:37:51 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, but how often do you do that - it's not like on this keyboard there is no home/end, just that they're in a different spot.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By Lord Evermore on 7/2/2006 4:58:50 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft: the "oh so you're used to where keys and GUI icons are positioned? time to change then!" company.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By dice1111 on 6/29/2006 4:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a programmer, but I create office documents all day long. Home and End keys are an absolute must. I must use them 2 or 3 times a minute. They are the ultimate for page navigation while editing. In conjunction with Page Up and Down and the shift key of course!

RE: Aweful for Programming
By Locutus465 on 6/29/2006 8:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a programmer and I use Home/End quite a bit. Awfully convenient for going to the beginning and end of lines.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By Scrogneugneu on 6/29/2006 8:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
Programmer here too, and I couldn't live without my home/end keys. Selecting a whole line in 2 key-strokes is just one of the example why those keys are important.

RE: Aweful for Programming
By cgrecu77 on 6/29/2006 9:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
try Ctrl + Up/Down, you'll see that it's faster because you don't have to reach to the home/end

RE: Aweful for Programming
By Scrogneugneu on 6/29/2006 10:48:11 PM , Rating: 2

Ctrl + Up/Down does not in any way select a line. It moves the window further down (or up). If you're talking about Shift + Up/Down, then it selects half a line and half the other line.

Just try it : Home, Shift+End. Whatever code line you were on, it's now fully selected. And if you don't like being sent at the end of the line, juste reverse it : End, Shift+Home. You just have to get used to reaching the keys (For this kind of manipulation I use the right Shift with my thumb or my index, thus performing the operation with a single hand, and eliminating the argument that "I must reach the keys so far away").

RE: Aweful for Programming
By Visual on 7/4/2006 6:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
yes he probably ment shift not ctrl.
and definitely home, shift down for selecting a line (without home if you're there already) :p
because you usually want it together with the end-of-line thing
but thats a stupid thing to argue about now, isn't it? and home/end are still definitely needed.
i have an a4tech keyboard that rearranged the ins/home/pgup del/end/pgdn keys into something quite awful, and i have a terrible time getting used to it (thankfully, not at work but at home only)
if the keys get totally moved away, i'd probably wish to die. :P

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