Microsoft is well-known for merchandise including operating systems and tablet and computer software but the tech giant also makes tech accessories. The company recently presented the new foldable keyboard that will be compatible with iOS and Android devices and will cost only $100.

The new Microsoft keyboard is called the Universal Foldable Keyboard and the company revealed the first details about it at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2015 event in Barcelona. It can literally be folded in half, which means that this ‘mini-keyboard’ is extremely portable. The keyboard uses Bluetooth technology to connect with iOS and Android devices, as well as with Windows and OS X computers, and Windows Phone 8.1 and will most likely work with Windows 10 devices. The keyboard is similar to Microsoft’s Universal Mobile Keyboard which is not foldable but functions on all mentioned devices.

Main hardware features of Universal Foldable Keyboard are:

· Bluetooth 4.0

· Spill-resistant design

· 5mm thin keyboard

· Magnetic closure

· Micro USB charging

Battery life is pretty good for the device of such a limited size. Once fully charged it could last up to three months. The keyboard can be paired with two different devices and you can easily switch between devices by using the proper buttons.

As expected, the Universal Foldable Keyboard works very well with Windows Phone devices. You just need to have Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Build 15127 or later. But there are actually some limitations on this kind of devices. For example, many of the function keys, including volume controls, pause, play and search do absolutely nothing on Windows Phone. Although all these keys work perfectly on Windows 8.1 for PCs, the only useful part of the keyboard for Windows Phone is just the QWERTY part.

The availability of this keyboard on all major platforms proves the fact that Microsoft is putting a lot of hopes in this little accessory, and the company is expecting to get a lot of customers. The Universal Folding keyboard will be available for purchase on Microsoft’s online store, retail stores, as well as through online retailers such as Amazon for just under $100.  #News #Apple #Smartphone