Amidst the noise that surrounds the new Surface devices Microsoft unveiled last week, the company apparently announced a pair of new keyboards with two new buttons to: one for Microsoft Office and another for Emoji.
The keyboards are available in two form factors. One is a sleek, minimalist design with flat buttons that can be wirelessly connected via Bluetooth. The other model is a full-size cable package with Microsoft's ergonomic split layout for the buttons and a fabric hand rest underneath. Both new keyboards have new Office and Emoji buttons on the right side of the spacebar.
The Office key is located where the right-handed Windows key was and can be used for keyboard shortcuts. For example, pressing the Office key + W to open Word or pressing the Office key + X to open Excel. Right next to the new Office shortcut you'll find the new Emoji button, which lets you open a menu of emojis that are available in Windows 1
First At first glance, it may be easy to reject emoji as an immature way of communicating, and yet, some of them manage to express things that are not so easy with Words can be said. Regardless of your position on this topic, Microsoft apparently added the key on request from Windows users who were interviewed about this idea.
The results of the Microsoft survey are not available. However, it is interesting to note that 9to5Mac asked its readers whether Apple Mac keyboards should add an emoji key, and 775 people answered at the time of writing: 38% of respondents said yes, 53.5% said no, 8.5 % said uncertain or different. The majority vote is still the answer that rejects the "no, absolutely not" most, but it's easy to see how Microsoft received positive feedback on the idea of adding an emoji key to its keyboards.
Further Demonstration of Interest Peripherals with emojis also have this announcement when Razer starts selling a new microphone containing a grid of LED lights for displaying custom emojis for Internet stream observers.
Both Microsoft keyboards are currently pre-orderable and are expected to ship on October 15. The slimmer Bluetooth board costs $ 49.99 and the larger ergonomic board $ 59.99.
[Microsoft via The Verge]