Microsoft intros Universal Mobile Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows (no Windows Phone, though)

Microsoft intros Universal Mobile Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows (no Windows Phone, though)
Microsoft today announced the Universal Mobile Keyboard, a brand new Bluetooth keyboard that works with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, and Windows tablets - transforming them into laptops (sort of).

The keyboard can be paired with up to three of the aforementioned devices at the same time, allowing you to easily switch between devices and OSes with a dedicated key. It includes a rechargeable battery which, according to Microsoft, can provide up to 6 months of usage on a single charge. Reportedly, a 10 minute charge is enough to provide power for “a full day’s work.”

The Universal Mobile Keyboard’s cover offers an integrated stand, and is detachable, allowing users to position their smartphone or tablet in a comfortable way. You can see the keyboard in action in the promo video embedded below.

Funny (or is it sad?): the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard doesn’t work with Windows Phone handsets. Anyway, the keyboard will be available starting October for $79.95 via Microsoft Store and select retailers. It will be offered in two color versions: black and grey. Anyone looking forward to buying this?


source: Microsoft (1), (2)

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30 Comments

1. Meeekr

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

It will more than likely work with Windows Phone once Windows 9 comes out... since they are combining them in Threshold. I actually think this would be weird to use on any phone. Phablets, sure.

5. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Way to weasel out. MSFT didnt wait for ios8 or android l before releasing it so y would they wait for win9? Fact is MSFT knows its own product is a failure! I am using a Lumia 635 right now u so rabid fanboys cant accuse me of being anti-wp; I am just stating facts everyone knows: MSFT will always throw its own users under the bus for pure sadistic pleasure.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No. I think Microsoft just wants to capture everyone's accounts and passwords. It makes it easier to get if you install their keyboard, doesn't it.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

In Windows 9? So we, WP user always have to wait for everything? Even for our own phone makers accessories? That's is sad . Very sad. And also I might not use this on my phone either, even it is available. But this kinda news or acts from M$ makes me feels like "they don't really care about us".

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Why? I have never once though, oh hey I need a keyboard for my phone. Of course I have a tablet that makes using the phone worthless, this includes the note 3 I tote around. My current 925 and tablet setup with physical keyboard cost me less than my note 3.

9. alexer

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

I think it is for WP also its just now Microsoft renamed wp to windows only..right?

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

now thats innovation for ya. very nice.i think the microsoft watch was going to be the same works on all platforms, it makes sense people buy your watch and works on all os.

2. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

As is the custom. WP gets left out. WP doesn't support keyboard so I guess Microsoft doesn't see any problem. Well Microsoft, THERE IS A PROBLEM!!! and you need to fix it

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Kinda sad actually. Now how can we blame apps developers for not releasing their respective app on WP(or releasing it late) when Microsoft itself not releasing their own products to WP?. I hope it'll be available on next wp8.1 update.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am surprised that you don't know that Microsoft doesn't allow custom keyboards to be installed for WP. They might change in the future, but as it stands right now WP doesn't have the capabilities.

3. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

its both. why make it in the first place?

4. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Lol, nothing says "irrelevant" than your own phone maker releasing accessories for the competiton but not its own product! Windows Phone is dead and its maker knows it haha

18. MotorMouth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Are you stupid? Microsoft make dozens of accessories that won't work with their products. e.g. No wired or wireless keyboard or mouse will work with Windows Phone. And that has nothing to do with the accessory, it's about the phone OS. To be perfectly honest, it would never have occurred to me in a millions years to even try and use a full size keyboard with my phone for one, simple (and I would have thought blindingly obvious) reason - it has predictive text. That makes it faster than typing. So I am much happier that MS spend their time giving us features we might actually want to use, rather than ridiculous things like that. Oh, and if you are going to tell lies, it's best to get your facts straight - there is no such things as SkyDrive any more, hasn't been for more than a year.

6. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

I am using Lumia 635 this month but hop back on the S3 when I need to actually get things done and MSFT apps are much better written and with more features on Android than they are on WP! Pin locks, better sharing, more editing capabilities etc on Android versions of Skydrive, OneNote and Email. MSFT should be ashamed.

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

So, you say you're on a Lumia 635, but constantly whining about how support for the other OS's is better and WP apps work like sh*t... So tell me, what's keeping you on the 635? Are you a masochist? Or simply a troll with a relaxed relationship to the truth?

12. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Well, moron go to my channel and view the numerous unboxings and reviews I've done on this phone. I am a developer so I use all non-ios phones inlcuding feature phones. Craal Legacy is my youtube, now plz stfu.

19. MotorMouth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

You do unboxing videos? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Unboxing videos are perhaps the lamest thing you can find on the entire internet.

22. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Next to your comments, sure! Haha.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes that worthless name that you shared with us, showing the bad of wp. That worthless video where people ripped you apart in the video, and can do so here now. I could rip that to shreds, oh wait its been done.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I too had the Lumia 635 (and 521). What kept me on it? Different experience. Its different. It still has so much space to improve. Some apps do work likr sh*t actually. One big example is Facebook. I borrowed the Lumia 635 back from my dad 2 days ago to try the latest version of facebook app on WP. The same old feature lacking app. It's built by Microsoft, and it's an app of WP 8.1 out of the box, no installation, yet it's a bad app...that looks nice. I'm not gonna talk much about other apps now. I'm a little mad how Microsoft makes such a bad fb app... because... I do use facebook. May 2013 I started using WP and the FB app was totally crap, with the top bar so fat it takes up over 1/3 the display, and things on news feed aren't arranged well at all. A month later or two, the app got new look (which looks like on iOS and Android). But till now, functionality hasn't really improve. (The issues I have is that updating status with attached photos usually fail especially if I type in another language. Can't do photo comment. Can't see photo comments. Can't see links people like or comment on. Can't see photos people like or comment on. Stuff like that) I don't get it though. Why not just let facebook build its own app for WP? The FB app for Windows 8, built by facebook, works very well with full functionalities.

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't even bother with the app on my 1020 and 925, except for the built-in sharing stuff, but even then I try to use the browser version. It's almost exactly like the desktop version (obviously Flash games & videos don't work and such). For instance, I can upload up to 100 images directly from my phone using the desktop version of the website with IE11 on the phone. The app maxes out at 5. Ugh.

23. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Ahhh, u mean u went for the dead s3 that won't even get kitkat, let alone android L, instead of the Lumia 635 that would get WP9/W9. Ofc, u have convinced me just right. I have a Lumia 920 and a galaxy note 10.1. I find the situation completely opposite to urs. Ms apps r much better on WP, the office clients including the MS one on android are total crap, plus the new office lens and office remote (exclusive to WP) are very helpful and awesome. The universal apps thingy is totally awesome, picking from where u left on ur phone , on ur touch laptop is totally cool. Android is not bad , it's very flexible but the update cycle is horrible (my note is still stuck on 4.1 even though officially I am supposed to get kitkat). And android devices get irritatingly slow after some time, specially if u have less than 1.5 GB ram phone, all my friends with 1 year old or older S3 r cursing the day they bought instead of my phone or an iPhone. Frankly, for most people, the best OS is either iOS or WP. iOS has the best update cycle so far ( if MS updates the humble 520 to WP9, MS will take that honour). Also, many games on iOS r not available on the play store or WP store. WP is good if u r on budget, feel u don't need to spend on iPhone or want the best camera phone. It's smooth on modest hardware and its devices are much cheaper android and iOS devices. Android was the only alternative on the low end but most low end devices running it r DOA, now that low end WP devices r coming from everywhere, it's better to go for WP on the low end . At least u know u will get some support at some point. The only android devices worth spending are the galaxy note 4, galaxy alpha and HTC one m8. The first one doesn't need introduction and note PHONES always get at least two years of updates. The last r quite exquisite and will get good support for some time and No, no Sony devices, their support is horrible.

11. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Doesn't Logitech already introduced one of their keyboard at IFA with the same function? aka the K480 model? Nothing original here Microsoft.

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

yes, very similar to the logitech one.

20. MotorMouth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

That's right, Microsoft saw that 14 days ago, ran back to Seattle, designed their own version, built a few prototypes to test, added their own unique features, like the cover that becomes the stand, then sent the final CAD drawings to China and had a million units manufactured for today's release. Because if it takes you more than two weeks to create a new product from scratch, you're just not good enough.

28. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic here. Microsoft clearly didn't do enough of research. But again, they are not strong in making keyboard anyway, which probably why they are wait in introducing their keyboard. What I am trying to say in my comment is that they are late in the game, which makes their idea not original anymore. Plus, the K480 can work with 3 different devices regardless of their OS. Just so you know....

15. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

They are all useless without a trackpad.

21. MotorMouth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Actually, it is the trackpads that are useless in this case, as the products this is designed to work with all have touchscreens. Only Macs need trackpads because only Macs have neither touchscreens nor usable mice.

24. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

How do you know it won't work with WP???

29. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks if getting Windows smart phones to use this cute mobile keyboard on a Windows smart phones is a Hardware problem then Microsoft will have to make smart phones that interface with this device. If it is a software Problem then then a firmware software update will enable Microsoft "Lumia Smart phones to use this. Man Oh Man microsoft should have had this type of Keyboard available available for their Surface Pro 3 This type of keyboard with the surface pro 3 would have made the Surface Pro 3 REALLY the Tablet that could replace a laptop because the Surface Pro 3's type covers are cool and work well enough to be useful however The Surface pro 3 needs a stiff plastic keyboard dock like Lenovo makes for it's Windows 8 Hybrid tablets/Laptops to give people who do a lot of typing a better typing experience.

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