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Internet keyboard on tap from Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled three keyboards that include Internet and multimedia hot-keys.

The $29.95 Internet Keyboard is slated to be available in October, featuring two hot keys that can be programmed to launch a favorite website, document, or application. The device also includes a one-touch Internet browser navigation capability.

The keyboard’s series of blue-button, Internet-based hot links take on functions equivalent to commands on the browser, according to the company.

The $54.95 Internet Keyboard Pro, scheduled for availability in early 2000, has eight additional Internet or multimedia hot keys and a pair of USB ports. The multimedia hot keys let users control music CDs and PC audio and video directly from the keyboard.

The ergonomic Natural Keyboard Pro, with a price of $74.95 and an October ship date, has a split-key ergonomic design.

The Internet hot keys require Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x, 4.x or 5.x, Netscape Navigator 3.x or 4.x, or America Online 4.0.

The complete story is posted at www.techweb.com.

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