Microsoft intros equal-opportunity Bluetooth keyboard

— 2:32 PM on September 16, 2014

Google might have a keyboard in store for the Nexus 9, but Microsoft is thinking bigger. The folks in Redmond have announced a Bluetooth keyboard with a hardware switch that lets users hop from Windows to Android to iOS.

According to the Microsoft Store page, the Universal Mobile Keyboard can pair with up to three devices and run for up to six months on a "single overnight charge." The keyboard also comes with a protective cover that doubles as a stand for tablets and phones. Opening the cover turns on the keyboard and lets it sync via Bluetooth; shutting the cover turns the keyboard off again.

It all looks quite cleverly done. The price isn't too steep, either. Microsoft will charge $79.95 when the Universal Mobile Keyboard becomes available next month. That's about what you can expect to pay for an iPad folio case these days. (Thanks to Liliputing for the link.)

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