Microsoft Corp. will offer a wireless keyboard designed for computers running the home entertainment version of the Windows operating system, the world's largest software maker said on Tuesday.
The Microsoft Remote Keyboard, which features a mouse and remote control functions for operating Windows Media Center PCs, is part of a larger effort by Microsoft to expand its flagship operating system into living rooms as entertainment hubs.
Microsoft is aiming to ship more than 20 million Media Center PCs, which can record video and play digital music and images, by 2008, up from 1.4 million units in 2004.
The $99 integrated keyboard, which features backlit keys and button for operating TVs and the computer, is the first designed specifically for a Media Center PC, said Matt Barlow, a director at Microsoft's PC hardware business.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft also unveiled a keyboard designed for editing and organizing digital photographs on a PC bundled with digital image editing software, also for $99. Source