Microsoft Readies Keyboards, Mice For Vista

Three keyboard-and-mouse packages, priced starting at $99.95, are designed with special features to take advantage of Vista, but they'll work with XP, too.
Microsoft plans to release three keyboard and mouse packages designed for Windows Vista.

The Wireless Laser Desktop 6000, the least expensive of the three, ships this month for a retail price of $99.95. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 and 8000 ship in January and February, respective. The 7000 is priced at $149.95, and the 8000 at $249.95.

The trio is built to take advantage of features in Windows Vista, but they also are compatible with Windows XP.

Among the Vista functions is one-touch access to the operating systems' start menu and a "gadget button" that reveals or hides personalized information such as weather and sports. A Windows Live call button lets users start an instant messaging session or a video call, and a media center start button gives users immediate access to movies and music.

Microsoft is scheduled to ship Windows Vista to consumers in January.

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