MS Will Ship Next Month a Wireless Keyboard with 128-bit AES Encryption

Posted by at 5:11 pm on June 2, 2011

Microsoft will be debuting its Wireless Desktop 2000, a wireless keyboard that transmits its keystrokes using AES 128-bit encryption, early next month. The keyboard is paired with the Wireless Mouse 2000 for a matched look. The company says its AES 128-bit encryption is the same standard used by the U.S. government to help secure its wireless connections.

The encryption is designed to foil any attempt to intercept and decipher keystrokes coming from a wireless keyboard, giving users the option to use a wireless keyboard for convenience even when dealing with sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. The Keyboard offers Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7 users, fore easy switch between applications. Teh keyboard is compatible with Macs, as well.

Both the keyboard and mouse also sport features aimed at user comfort. The keyboard includes a pillow-textured palm rest, while the mouse offers an ambidextrous design. The mouse is paired to the keyboard using BlueTrack technology, which the company says ensures smooth tracking on almost any surface (apart from clear glass or mirrored surfaces).

The unit will be available wherever Microsoft keyboards are sold, and will retail for $40.

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