Microsoft's Bluetooth keyboard and mouse gain approval in US

Microsft has received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission for a wireless keyboard and mouse set that rely on Bluetooth networking technology.

The keyboard and mouse, which will require two batteries each to operate, come in a kit with a Bluetooth transceiver that can be connected to a PC using the USB connector.

The set will also ship with a CD-ROM that includes Bluetooth support components for Windows. Although the operating system does not support the technology, Microsoft said late last year that it intended to add support to Windows XP by the end of this year.

Microsoft showed prototypes of the keyboard and mouse at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in April.

It already offers a wireless keyboard and mouse set that uses channels in the 27MHz band, a much lower part of the radio spectrum than the 2.4GHz band in which Bluetooth operates.

In April, Microsoft said it would continue to offer its 27MHz-based wireless keyboards as a cheaper alternative to the new Bluetooth models.

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