Macintosh Users Can Now Lay Their Hands On Unprecedented Comfort and Style

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 28, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that, in response to growing customer requests, Macintosh drivers are available for its popular Internet Keyboard Pro and Microsoft® Natural® Keyboard Pro. Today’s news extends the line of Microsoft’s Mac-compatible desktop hardware, which began last year with the popular Mac-compatible optical mice and trackballs. Now Mac customers can experience keyboards offering the latest in comfort, ergonomic style, customizable keys, multiple USB ports, and Internet and multimedia keys.

“Once we introduced these keyboards, the requests to make them work on Macs came streaming in,”
said Christy Hughes, keyboard marketing manager in the Hardware Group at Microsoft.
“The availability of Mac drivers provides a timely solution for this growing and important user base. While we acknowledge that drivers alone do not represent a full-fledged Mac keyboard solution, we believe Mac users will appreciate the unprecedented comfort and productivity provided by our PC-based line of keyboards. These keyboards, in combination with the Mac drivers, offer a compelling alternative to current keyboard solutions in the Mac marketplace.”

Keyboard Pricing and Availability

Starting today, users can easily download Mac drivers from http://www.microsoft.com/keyboard/download/mac/ . The new keyboard driver will work with Mac operating systems 8.6 and 9.x.

The Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro and Natural Keyboard Pro offer customers the choice of ergonomic or straight keyboard layouts, as well as innovative features such as Internet and multimedia hot keys and built-in USB ports.

  • Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro has an estimated retail price* of $54.95 (U.S.).

  • Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro has an estimated retail price* of $74.95 (U.S.).

Microsoft Hardware Group

The Microsoft Hardware Group employs innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that improve the software experience and strengthen the connection between users and their PC.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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