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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Fact Sheet

September 8, 2004


The new Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop, which includes a wireless keyboard, Wireless Optical Mouse and a receiver, makes computing comfortable. Debuting is Microsoft Corp.s new curved keyboard design with angled keys, designed to be extremely easy to use and deliver enhanced comfort for flat keyboard users. Researchers have found that individual performance increased 25 percent when employees used an ergonomically designed workstation1. Also new is an innovative zoom slider located on the keyboard for efficient control of detailed documents, large databases, maps, PDFs and Excel spreadsheets.


Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop operates on PC and Macintosh platforms and uses standard keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports or a USB connection. IntelliType Pro 5.1 keyboard software is necessary for full functionality of the zoom slider and My Favorites Keys. IntelliPoint 5.1 mouse software is necessary for full functionality of the mouse scroll wheel with Tilt Wheel Technology and programmable buttons. (Both products are included.)

Product Description

Wireless Optical Desktop features a new gently curved keyboard created by Microsoft ergonomists to encourage natural hand and wrist positioning in an approachable and easy-to-use design. Also included is Wireless Optical Mouse, which features a scroll wheel with Tilt Wheel Technology. Enhanced Microsoft Optical Technology in the Wireless Optical Mouse helps employees average more than six months battery life, reducing costs and support calls.

Features and Benefits

A smart receiver improves 27MHz wireless technology and cuts down on interference. The included smart receiver and intuitive software notify you when interference occurs from other wireless devices and offer ways to reduce it. Microsoft is a leader in the industry for working to reduce the likelihood of cross talk by using 65,000 random identification codes.

Wireless freedom allows you to sit back and click up to six feet away from the receiver, even if it is out of sight. Eliminating wires on the desk also means less clutter and a more organized space.

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Comfort Edition Keyboard

New! Curved keyboard design delivers ergonomic comfort, with no cords to get in the way. Nine out of every 10 keyboards sold are flat,2 and Microsoft research shows that people who use flat keyboards hesitate to switch to a split keyboard due to concerns about typing speed and the time needed to learn to use a new layout. However, they still want the benefits of using mice and keyboards that encourage natural hand and wrist positioning so they can work more comfortably at their workstation. The new Wireless Optical Desktop Comfort Edition Keyboard was designed specifically for them, with a slightly curved layout that is approachable and easy to use, while also encouraging natural wrist alignment when typing. The cushioned palm rest features the look and feel of leather as well, for a supremely comfortable computing experience.

New! Zoom slider on the keyboard features effortless control of detailed documents, Excel spreadsheets and more with just the touch of a finger, delivering true compatibility between hardware and software. Simply push the slider up or down to zoom in and out when navigating long documents, Excel spreadsheets, maps, PDFs or images. Its the perfect companion to last years innovative tilt wheel, which lets employees glide up and down as well as side to side with greater speed and a smoother feel, and without needing to use the on-screen scroll bar.

New! Redesigned Multimedia Center offers control to media activities such as launching programs and adjusting volume all with the touch of a button.

One-touch access to most-used Web sites, files and folders with My Favorites Keys. Simply push and hold the key to assign it to the current destination just as you would with a car stereos preset buttons. The key assignments also move with the individual employee settings. In addition, you can simply push the Show Favorites Key to easily reveal the current assignment of each of the five My Favorites Keys.

Customizable Hot Keys, including Messenger, Mail and Web/Home, allow employees to quickly launch commonly accessed programs.

Enhanced F Keys make it easy to complete common tasks with one touch. Keys are conveniently grouped according to usage patterns, such as New, Open and Close. You also can set traditional F Key functions with the F Key lock.

Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse

Mouse scroll wheel with proprietary Tilt Wheel Technology delivers convenient scrolling capabilities. You can scroll smoothly vertically and now horizontally perfect for navigating detailed documents or spreadsheets. By depressing the scroll wheel you can toggle among open windows, which is especially useful because research shows most people have three applications running simultaneously.*

Enhanced Microsoft Optical Technology delivers accuracy and precision with longer battery life than ever more than six months on average. Research also shows that most people prefer six-month battery life to rechargeable options.** In addition, the glowing optical sensor replaces the mouse ball, so there are no work stoppages to clean or repair moving parts and no need for a mouse pad.

An ambidextrous design with three programmable buttons and an ergonomic thumb scoop provide enhanced comfort by encouraging natural arm and wrist positioning for either hand.

System Requirements

To use Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop, employees should install IntelliType Pro 5.1 keyboard software and IntelliPoint 5.1 mouse software for full functionality of all the features including the zoom slider, scroll wheel and My Favorites Keys. Workers also need the following:

For a Windows-based PC:

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional, Home Edition, Media Center Edition or Tablet PC Edition

Pentium 233 MHz or higher processor

128 MB of RAM

60 MB of available hard disk space

CD-ROM drive

An available PS/2 keyboard port or USB port on the PC

For Macintosh:

One of the following operating systems: Mac OS 10.1 to 10.3.X (OS X 10.0 not supported)

30 MB of available hard disk space

CD-ROM drive

USB port

Additional system requirements:

Internet Hot Keys are supported for use with the following:

Windows-based PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later; MSN Explorer versions 7.0 or 8.0; Netscape Navigator versions 6.1, 6.2 or 7.0; and AOL versions 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0

Macintosh: Microsoft Internet Explorer for the Macintosh version 5.0 or later and Netscape Navigator version 6.0 or 7.0

Multimedia Hot Keys are supported for use with the following:

Windows-based PC: Versions of Microsoft CD Player, Microsoft Deluxe CD, Microsoft Windows Media Player, and certain versions of other popular media players and browsers

Macintosh: iTunes

Four AA batteries required (included)

Sleep Hot Key functionality is available if the system supports power management and has it enabled, and if all peripherals are compatible with power management.

A current list of programs supported for use with Microsoft keyboards and the zoom slider feature can be found at .

Availability and Pricing

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop is scheduled to be widely available by September 2004 for an estimated retail price of $84.95 (U.S.).*** Wireless Optical Desktop is backed by a three-year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft in the United States and Canada.

* Ergonomics, Work, and Health, Stephen Pheasant, 1991, Macmillan Publishing

** Based on Microsoft internal research

*** Actual retail price may vary.

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