Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 announced

In the States, Microsoft has launched the "ergonomist-approved" Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 desktop set. Gearing up for the general availability of its next operating system in October, the new hardware offers "smart" one-touch features for Windows 7 "to help consumers make the most of their new Windows 7-based PCs".

Microsoft says the new Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 is the "perfect companion" for Windows 7 offering a new time-saving feature called "Taskbar Favorites" (that we've brought you news of before) for a quick way to access open programs. The new desktop set will also support "Device Stage" device management and "Windows Flip" that offers a thumbnail preview of all open windows.

The keyboard gets a "Comfort Curve" layout that claims to encourage natural wrist posture with a slight 6-degree curve while there's also a soft-touch palm rest and low-profile quiet keys.

As far as the bundled mouse goes, you're looking at a 2.4GHz mini-transceiver that works up to 30 feet away, rubber side grips, an ambidextrous shape and Microsoft's BlueTrack technology for work-anywhere abilities.

The Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 will be available this month in the US for $79.95. No word on UK pricing or availability, but these products usually get an international release eventually.