Microsoft Launches Foldable Keyboard in Taiwan


Microsoft Corp. launched a foldable keyboard in Taiwan Wednesday, local media reported.

The full-sized keyboard, priced at NT$2,790 (US$86), weighs less than 0.22 kilograms and is designed to replace on-screen virtual keyboards on mobile devices running Windows, iOS or Android operating systems.

The Bluetooth-enabled keyboard also comes with a built-in battery that lasts up to three months on a single charge.

The launch of the accessory marks “a brand-new start” for Microsoft as the company is aiming to improve productivity for individuals, enterprises and government agencies, said Eddie Wu, general manager of the consumer channels group at Microsoft Taiwan.

Despite the foldable keyboard’s additional weight, Wu said that it could allow users to type faster than on-screen keyboards, improving work efficiency and meeting demand of younger mobile users who like to update content on social networking sites.

In late 2014, Microsoft announced plans to offer free Office apps for iPads, iPhones and Android handsets in a move to keep consumers using the Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.

The Seattle-based software company is striving to establish itself as the productivity standard across all mobile platforms and devices while stepping up efforts to attract users from the iOS and Android camps, experts say.