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Microsoft debuts ergonomic desktop.

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Microsoft Corporation has launched its ergonomist-approved Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, which utilises a comfort curve layout that encourages natural wrist posture with a slight six-degree curve.

This new desktop set combines the Microsoft comfort curve keyboard layout with a soft-touch palm rest to make the PC experience more comfortable. Since the comfort curve design launched five years ago, more than 10 million units have been sold, and the design's ease of use continues to draw praise, with 94 per cent of users recommending the keyboards.

To complement the comfort, the Microsoft Hardware Group also created smart one-touch features for Windows 7 to help consumers make the most of their new Windows 7-based PCs.

"People are spending more time on computers than ever before, so comfort is very important," said Armagan Demir, head of Microsoft entertainment and devices division Middle East.

"A comfort curve keyboard, like the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, provides an easy way to improve your typing ergonomics while maintaining your productivity."

The included wireless mouse 5000, with rubber side grips and an ambidextrous shape for comfort in either hand, features Microsoft BlueTrack technology, which works on more surfaces than when using optical and laser mice, according to a statement.

Both the mouse and keyboard wirelessly connect to the computer via a reliable 2.4GHz mini-transceiver that works up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.

The Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 features a new time-saving feature called Taskbar Favorites gives Microsoft keyboard users an easy way to access their open programs.

Instead of the traditional My Favorites keys with stored locations, Taskbar Favorites will map to the location of open applications on the improved Windows taskbar. The icons in the taskbar can be rearranged just by clicking and dragging; Taskbar Favorites will instantly adapt to the new icon locations.

Other Windows 7 integration features:

* Device Stage. A Windows 7 feature that gives customers quick and easy access to common tasks, including product information, registration, settings and more for popular device categories such as cell phones, cameras, printers, portable media players and input devices.

* Windows Flip. A thumbnail preview of all open windows with the press of a button. A full-screen preview of the application will automatically display, enabling the user to better identify and select the desired application.

The Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 will be available in October for an estimated retail price of Dh3194, and is backed by a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft, the statement said. -- TradeArabia News Service

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Publication:TradeArabia (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Aug 10, 2009
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