Microsoft can be described as both a successful and failed hardware company. Mobile aspirations tanked, as did MP3 ambitions with Zune. However, Microsoft is making a real go of the Surface brand after a rocky start. To help add even more to the Surface line of tablets, the company is dropping some accessories.
We know that two keyboards and a mouse are making their debuts soon. The Surface Mouse has now shown itself on the FCC's website. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a regulatory body of the US government. It runs the rule over products in the digital realm before they are passed to be sold in the country.
Once a product has passed through the FCC, it typically launches soon after. That means we can expect to see Microsoft roll out the Surface Mouse in the coming weeks.
The company has not moved too far away from a familiar design. The new mouse is almost a twin of the current black Microsoft Designer Mouse that is currently available. Interested consumers will get a mouse that is compatible with Bluetooth Low Energy. Popping in a couple of AAA batteries should see normal-use battery life of around a year.
Microsoft is in the midst of tweaking its Surface product lineup. The company has said the Surface 3 will end production this year. However, the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 will probably not be refreshed in 2016. Those devices have pushed the product line into successful territory and will now be replaced in 2017.
However, Microsoft could be about to launch its oft-rumored Surface all-in-one PC. Of course, the addition of a Surface Mouse and keyboard will fit nicely with a desktop PC.
If you are interested in the mouse, it should be dropping this month. It will reportedly cost $29.95.