Hardware Group Extends Comfort Design, Sleek Finishes and Top Productivity Features Down Desktop Line

REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 9, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today announced two new desktop sets — the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 and Wireless Media Desktop 1000 — with stylish designs and high-end productivity features at affordable prices, giving consumers more quality options for their workspaces. A Comfort Curve design complements the sleek lines of the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000, making for hardware that looks and feels good at the same time. Slick design features also grab attention on the Wireless Media Desktop 1000, a keyboard-and-mouse combination created for digital media enthusiasts.

“With the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 and Wireless Media Desktop 1000, we give consumers high-end features and design without a high-end price,” said Mike Rodgers, product marketing manager at Microsoft. “Our customers are choosing to use full-size mice and keyboards with both desktop and notebook computers, and we continue to provide a full line of products with the features they desire — comfort, style and productivity — at every price point.”

Wireless Laser Desktop 6000: Elegance and Productivity

The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 offers first-class beauty at an affordable price. This set includes the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, a full-size mouse with a right-handed ergonomic design that features a snap-in transceiver so notebook users can easily take the mouse with them when they are on the road. The sophisticated Windows Aero-inspired keyboard has a smoked translucent border and sleek, compact shape that is admirable from every angle. Featuring Microsoft’s best-selling Comfort Curve layout, this keyboard delivers supreme comfort by encouraging a more natural hand position with a slight six-degree curve. The Comfort Curve design surpasses other industry styles — with more than 7 million units sold worldwide1 — to bring true comfort to typing. The keyboard’s quiet touch keys also add to its appeal. In addition, this keyboard features top technology and productivity tools:

  • 2.4GHz wireless technology gives consumers a confident wireless connection and a range of up to 30 feet, even in crowded wireless environments.

  • One-touch access to Windows Flip 3D allows users to flip through open windows in a stack and quickly switch among applications for added productivity.2

  • My Favorites Keys deliver one-touch access to users’ most-used Web sites, files and folders. Users simply push and hold a key to assign it to the current destination, just as they would with a car stereo’s preset buttons.

  • Media Center controls allow users to access popular media activities such as play, pause and volume with one touch.

  • Battery life indicator shows two colors: green when the batteries have sufficient power and red when the batteries are running low.

The Wireless Keyboard 6000 also launches today as a stand-alone item, while the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 hit retail shelves in March 2008.

Wireless Media Desktop 1000

The Wireless Media Desktop 1000 is the perfect companion for the media enthusiast, providing quick, one-touch access to photos, Windows Media Player and My Favorites Keys. The ultra-thin keyboard gives users full use of Windows Vista with quick access to Windows Flip 3D2 and the Windows Start Button. The desktop set also includes an optical mouse with a comfortable ambidextrous design — all at an affordable price.

Pricing and Availability

The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000, Wireless Laser Keyboard 6000 and Wireless Media Desktop 1000 will be available for estimated retail prices of $99.95 (U.S.), $59.95 (U.S.) and $49.95 (U.S.), respectively.3 These products are available now for presale on Amazon.com and will ship later this month when they are widely released. The Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 is currently available for the estimated retail price of $49.95.3 All products will be backed by a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft. More information about these and other Microsoft Hardware products is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware.

About Microsoft Hardware

For more than 25 years, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, which launched in 1999, earned a place on PCWorld.com’s December 2005 list of “The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years” as the first mainstream optical mouse that “brought gunk-free pointing devices” to a broad consumer base. More information about the Hardware Group is available at http://www.mshardwareguide.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Based on Microsoft sales data.

2 For Windows, Flip 3D requires a PC running Windows Aero. If you are using Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, the Flip 3D button or Instant Viewer tool will start Exposé when used with Mac.

3 Actual retail prices may vary.

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