G. Shyam Sundar, Director Retail Sales & Marketing, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd, said these accessories make the best of Windows 8 touch-enabled features and at the same time give you a smooth and fluid experience on non-touch devices. He said large number of Windows 7 users who have upgraded to the new OS will now be able to experience the power of touch with these new accessories.
Optimised for the Windows 8 experience, the uniquely designed and ergonomic Wedge mouse is smaller than regular mouse. It, however, does not need a dongle to connect with a laptop or tablet and uses Bluetooth to link up. It features a full touch surface that supports four-way scrolling, ideal for the fluid design of Windows 8. The Blue Track technology of the mouse allows it to be used on any surface. It will be available for Rs 3,015.
The ultra-portable Wedge Mobile Keyboard comes equipped with Windows 8 hot keys which let you access the Charms Menu in one touch. It comes with a versatile rubber cover which while protecting the device from dust and spills can double up as a tablet stand. Interestingly, this Bluetooth keyboard is also compatible with tablets of other operating systems. It will be available for Rs 4,935.
The Sculpt Touch Mouse does much more than the four-way scroll by letting having different functions for single, double and triple finger swipe. This Bluetooth mouse will be available for Rs 2,765.
Microsoft has also made its older touch mouse and Explorer touch mouse compatible with Windows 8 gestures. This will now be available for Rs 4,340 and Rs 2,935, respectively.
Incidentally, Logitech has been selling touch-based accessories for Windows since late last year.