Don’t get confused if you see a couple of new keys on new Microsoft keyboards because Microsoft just came up with some new changes that you might or might not appreciate.
Planning since early July of this year, Microsoft finally went ahead and quietly launched their keyboards with few minor but nevertheless pretty creative modifications at the company’s Surface hardware event last week. For those of you who practically live your life around office, Microsoft has introduced a Microsoft Office key for making your life a tad bit easier.
The new Office key sits just right of the spacebar replacing the windows key with the famous Office logo on it. When pressed once it loads Office for Windows 10, but if you don’t need the whole Office suite but a specific application, then Microsoft has a solution for that too. Combining the Office key with other keys helps you access any application you desire. For example, Office key + X allows you to access Microsoft Excel, Office Key + W allows you to access Word, and so on.
Another feature or rather key that Microsoft has added to make lives of users who add emojis to express the thought of the process and satisfy their obsession with emoticons is the emoji key. The key sits just right of the freshly added Windows key with a smiley on it.
The emoji key when pressed loads the Windows 10 emoji picker, which is already accessible by pressing a combination of Windows + . or Windows + ;. As useful as it is for some people, sadly, it cannot be configured for a single emoji.
Both the new keys were first featured on the new Microsoft keyboards – Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard. These are available on online stores and are available in-store from October 15.
The Ergonomic keyboard is a split keyboard that features a fabric palm rest for comfort and a range of shortcut keys, including media controls. The keyboard is priced at $59.99 and is wired via a USB 2.0 port. Although the keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, the only drawback is that you can only use the Office and emoji key with Windows 10.
The Bluetooth keyboard is slim and is priced at $49.99 and has Bluetooth 5.0 support with a battery life of three years. The keyboard runs off AAA batteries and has a range of up to 33 feet. However, the keyboard is compatible with Windows 8.1 and 10 only.
Everyone knows how vigilant Microsoft is with their product. Their trademark, the windows keys, started showing up on the products of the third-party manufactures via a licensing agreement. Although there is no such agreement for Office and emoji keys yet, it is safe to say that will follow soon.
While the new Office button, which is sure to take a few keyboard strokes away from users who live through Office, is being dubbed as a pretty convincing addition, the emoji button is sure raising some eyebrows with Microsoft emoji obsession.