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Microsoft Hardware is coming soon to a living room near you

  • 18 July, 2005 17:35

<p>Sydney, Australia – 13 July, 2005 – Microsoft Australia today announced two new hardware devices, the Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows® XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 5000, to make accessing PC entertainment easier, convenient and more enjoyable.</p>
<p>Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows® XP Media Center Edition is the first three-in-one control center for a Windows XP-based Media Center PC with remote, keyboard and mouse capabilities in one sleek device, designed exclusively for the living room. Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 is designed for digital camera owners and includes a mouse, keyboard and Microsoft Digital Image Standard 2006 photo-editing software for everyday use turning any desktop into a virtual darkroom.</p>
<p>“We’re dedicated to constantly making digital experiences easier and more fun,” said Jeremy Hinton, Hardware Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Australia. “With this in mind, we designed two new devices to enhance the digital entertainment activities people are now enjoying, such as playing movies on their Media Center and editing digital photos.”</p>
<p>More Control, Less Complexity
Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables greater interaction and control of a Media Center PC compared with a regular remote control. The device makes it easy to turn up the volume, type a message, or point and click with the fully integrated remote, keyboard and mouse capabilities, all without ever having to leave the couch.</p>
<p>Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition and its compact size enables it to be easily stowed when not in use to help get rid of clutter. With smart features including a Media Center green button and stylish backlit buttons, this device makes using a Media Center PC easier and more fun than ever.</p>
<p>Cut, Crop, Click
Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 makes it a snap to access, edit and share digital photos on a PC. The keyboard comes equipped with PhotoCenter, featuring one-touch access to most-used photo-editing functions and Zoom Slider to zoom into and out of photos. The sleek wireless optical mouse is a picture-perfect companion to the keyboard with its new Magnifier tool, which enlarges any section of the screen for easy viewing and editing. With the inclusion of new Digital Image Standard 2006 software, this integrated hardware and software solution delivers all the tools needed to customise photos while reducing the number of editing steps.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
The products introduced today will be widely available by October 2005 through Microsoft reseller partners. Recommended retail prices*:</p>
<p>Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition $199.95
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 $179.95</p>
<p>*Prices are Australian recommended retail prices. Actual prices may vary.</p>
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<p>About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and business realise their full potential.</p>
<p>About Microsoft Hardware
For twenty years the Microsoft 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.</p>
<p>For further information:
Anne Flanagan
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3802 or 0405 082 603
anne@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>Stephen Rodi
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3828 or 0416 008 500
stephen@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>www.microsoft.com/australia/presspass</p>
<p>For online reviewers guide visit: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/discover/
Visit the Microsoft Australia Hardware Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/australia/mouseandkeyboard/</p>

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