Slip Into Something More Comfortable: Microsoft's New Desktop Offers Superior Wireless Ergonomic Experience

Study shows that the average consumer spends almost six hours each day on

the computer.

Jun 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continuing its
 history of setting new benchmarks for desktop innovation and ergonomic
 design, Microsoft Corp. today launched the Natural(R) Ergonomic Desktop
 7000 -- the pinnacle of comfort. With the average consumer spending
 approximately six hours per day on their computer(1), Microsoft responded
 to the growing need for comfortable peripherals with its new desktop that
 makes optimal use of the ergonomic designs of the bestselling wired
 keyboard(2), the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, and the award-winning
 Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. Combining best-in-class ergonomic design
 and 2.4 GHz technology for a confident wireless connection, the Natural
 Ergonomic Desktop 7000 represents the ultimate wireless desktop experience
 and makes time spent on the computer more comfortable and productive.
     Microsoft consistently delivers products that align with the way
 consumers are using technology. More time on the computer means a greater
 need for comfort, and Microsoft Hardware's in-house ergonomists have
 provided desktop users' tired fingers, sore wrists and aching necks with
 comfortable products, including the following:
     -- 2006. The first-ever Natural mouse, the Natural Wireless Laser Mouse
     -- 2005. Comfort Curve design, which offers natural wrist and arm
        alignment to improve overall posture
     -- 2005. The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, the current best-selling
        wired keyboard in the United States
     -- 2003. The first wireless ergonomic desktop, the Wireless Optical
        Desktop Pro
     -- 1994. The first affordable split keyboard, the Natural keyboard. Its
        fixed alternative design was found to reduce symptoms of carpal tunnel
     -- 1993. The first Microsoft(R) ergonomic mouse
     Cutting the Cord
     In addition to comfort, Microsoft enables outstanding productivity with
 this desktop through the inclusion of 2.4 GHz wireless technology. The
 wireless technology allows users to enjoy these features:
     -- Wireless freedom. Users can sit back and click up to 30 feet away from
        the transceiver, even if it's out of sight. Eliminating wires on the
        desk also means less clutter and a more organized space.
     -- Confident connection with virtually no interference. Intelligent
        technology "hops" frequency when it encounters interference, making
        this ideal for corporate or home environments with multiple computers.
     -- Easy setup and use. Users can just plug in the tiny transceiver and
        start typing.
     "We're very excited to deliver this product to help make the time our
 customers spend on their computers more comfortable," said Dan Odell,
 Ph.D., user researcher and ergonomist, Hardware Group at Microsoft. "The
 Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 combines the best of technology and comfort
 with 30-foot range, 2.4 GHz wireless technology and groundbreaking
 ergonomic design."
     Breakthrough "Gull Wing" Keyboard
     Taking the award-winning design from Microsoft's bestselling Natural
 Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and adding wireless connectivity, the keyboard
 includes several features for supreme PC comfort. The design even provides
 health benefits since fixed alternative keyboard designs, such as the
 Microsoft Natural design, have been associated with a significant reduction
 of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms(3). The keyboard has a cushioned wrist
 rest in addition to these ergonomic features:
     -- Proprietary "gull wing" design. Brings the keys closer to the user's
        fingers, reducing reach and unnecessary motion while encouraging a more
        natural position
     -- Optional palm rest. For a 7-degree reversed slope to encourage better
        arm and wrist alignment
     -- 12-degree split and 14-degree gable. To encourage better wrist and arm
        alignment, allowing users to work and play on their computer in a more
        natural and instinctive position
     The keyboard features a two-color battery life indicator that warns
 users when it is time to replace batteries; red means the batteries are
 running low on power, and solid green glows and then fades away when new
 batteries are inserted. In addition, the keyboard includes great
 productivity features, including easy-to-access forward and back buttons;
 Zoom, a slider to zoom in and out when navigating large documents or
 images; and customizable Hot Keys such as Mail, Web/Home, Search and more.
     Baseball-Inspired Mouse Is a Home Run
     Included with the Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 is the newest version
 of Microsoft's ergonomic mouse, the Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 7000,
 outfitted with superior comfort and best-in-class wireless technology. The
 mouse is identical in design to the recently launched Natural Wireless
 Laser Mouse 6000, with the addition of 2.4 GHz wireless technology. The
 mouse's Natural design was inspired by the shape of a baseball and driven
 by the way a hand rests in a relaxed state, with the wrist more parallel to
 the side of the body and the fingers maintaining their relaxed curl.
 Signature Natural design elements include these:
     -- Vertical right side. Allows the user to rest comfortably on the side of
        the hand, rather than on the carpal tunnel area
     -- Elevated thumb scoop. Keeps the user's hand in a more natural position
        by rotating the hand into a more vertical position, a posture that has
        been associated with a reduction in carpal tunnel pressure
     The mouse also features a two-color battery life indicator that warns
 users when it is time to replace batteries. Innovative software features
 include the Instant Viewer, which displays all open windows at once so
 users can easily switch between applications for added productivity, and
 Magnifier, which delivers real-time magnification on any section of the
 screen, making viewing and editing of hard-to-see text or pictures easier
 than ever. Finally, the mouse features High Definition Laser Technology for
 more precise, responsive and smooth tracking.
     Pricing and Availability
     The Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 is scheduled to be widely available
 by July 2007 for an estimated retail price of $149.95 (U.S.)(4).
     The Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 is now available for special
 pre-sale on and will ship in July when the product is widely
     About Microsoft Hardware
     For more than two decades, the Hardware Group has employed innovative
 engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing
 to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the
 software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and
 their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering,
 industrial design, and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers
 an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience.
 Microsoft IntelliMouse(R) Explorer, which was launched in 1999, earned a
 place on's December 2005 list of "The 50 Greatest Gadgets of
 the Past 50 Years" as the first mainstream optical mouse that "brought
 gunk-free pointing devices" to a broad consumer base. More information
 about the Hardware Group is available at
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
     (1) Sommerich, C., "A Survey of Desktop and Notebook Computer Use by
 Professionals," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society,
 26th meeting, 2002, pp. 1124-1128.
     (2) Source: The NPD Group, U.S. Retail & Commercial Tracking Service,
 January 2006 to March 2007
     (3) HCI 2003, "The effect of alternative keyboards on musculoskeletal
 symptoms and disorders"
     (4) Actual prices may vary.
     Microsoft, Natural and IntelliMouse are trademarks of the Microsoft
 group of companies.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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