The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard for Windows 8 is an ergonomic keyboard sporting an enlarged split spacebar with optional backspace functionality that enhances typing efficiency and speed.
In addition to increasing typing efficiency, "the keyboard's split spacebar also improves ergonomics by virtually eliminating the awkward "pinky reach" to the standard backspace key, keeping wrists in a comfortable position," Microsoft stated.
The keyboard also sports Microsoft's own Contour Curve design, which features a six-degree bend in the keyboard layout with a dome-shaped arc to help promote a comfortable, neutral wrist position while keeping keys within easy reach.
It also has a removable palm rest that can be used for added comfort or easily detached with the press of a button for a sleek, compact look and features a wireless USB connectivity.
And, it includes several keys that give quick access to Windows 8 features, including "Search, Share, Device and Settings hot keys and an updated Windows key."
The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard price at US$59.95, will be available online on Microsoft Store and other retailers.
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Also, Peter Han, vice president, Microsoft U.S. OEM Division, at the Tech Data Channel Link in Orlando, Fla., said, that Microsoft plans to convince Windows XP users to move them to Windows 8 operating system.
He said, "There are 100 million-plus Windows XP installations in the U.S. Time to refresh them to Windows 8," he said during his speech according to thevarguy.com.
Security researchers at Italian firm ITSEC discovered that Windows 8 comes with a security flaw available through the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), an updated version of BIOS,
The researchers developed a UEFI bootloader that can be installed on the vulnerable computers in order to replace the standard Windows 8 UEFI bootloader. "Our bootloader hooked the UEFI disk I/O routines and it intercepted the loading of the Windows 8 kernel, thus our bootkit tampered the kernel by disabling the security features used by Windows to prevent the loading of unsigned drivers," Marco Giuliani, director of ITSEC, explained to The Register.
Adding, Giuliani notes, the exploit could be used on other platforms as well including OS X and Linux distributions.
Talking about Windows 8's security level, Gerry Egan, Symantec senior director, product management, said that "It's partially true that Windows 8 is more secure." "But underneath is a traditional Windows-Intel desktop, which is backward compatible with both the good code and the bad."
You can read the detailed analysis of the ITSEC here.