Microsoft Reveals Wireless 'Modern Keyboard' With Hidden Fingerprint ID Sensor

Microsoft has quietly posted two new accessories onto its online storefront, called the "Modern Keyboard" and "Modern Mouse" (via Engadget). Both devices are built to visually match the company's line of Surface products and connect to Windows PCs, but the Modern Keyboard will also connect to any macOS and iOS device that supports Bluetooth 4.0.


The Modern Keyboard has a low profile with an aluminum frame that Microsoft says is "virtually indestructible," while still remaining sleek. It can also be used wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.0 or with a wired connection, includes a rechargeable battery that can last up to two months on one charge, and weighs about 14.79 ounces.

Notably, the Modern Keyboard includes a hidden fingerprint sensor located between the Alt and Ctrl keys that lets users unlock their Windows 10 devices with a simple finger press using Windows Hello. Although the keyboard can be used on a Mac, iPhone, and iPad to type, the fingerprint unlocking feature is not compatible with Apple devices.


Microsoft said that its goal was to seamlessly blend the fingerprint sensor into a key on the keyboard, "so it would appear to be any other key."
Our vision was to blend the Fingerprint reader into a keyboard, so it would appear to be any other key.

We iterated relentlessly to improve each layer, making sure they came together to create a flawless typing experience that felt like any other key.
Microsoft's new keyboard falls in line with a similar product requested by Mac fans since the debut of Touch ID within the MacBook Pro's keyboard last year, which would be a Magic Keyboard for Mac with Touch ID included somewhere on the device. Last week, Apple launched a new Magic Keyboard with a number pad, but it lacks a Touch Bar and Touch ID.


The Modern Mouse is made out of similar metal material as the keyboard and includes "premium precision pointing and clicking," according to Microsoft, but it lacks compatibility with macOS. It also uses AAA batteries with a battery life of around 12 months.

Both devices have a "coming soon" banner on their pages, so it's unclear when exactly the accessories will launch. When they do, users will be able to buy the Modern Keyboard for $129.99 and Modern Mouse for $49.99.

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32 months ago

How about the fact that MS makes an extended wireless keyboard and Apple doesn't?


You’re living in the past mate.

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MQ052LL/A/magic-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-us-english?fnode=9d
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32 months ago
I like that the article totes that it is a "hidden" fingerprint sensor. As if the large key with a fingerprint on it was keeping the secret hidden.

****ing clickbate
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32 months ago

I like that the article totes that it is a "hidden" fingerprint sensor. As if the large key with a fingerprint on it was keeping the secret hidden.

****ing clickbate

It's Microsoft's direct wording.
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32 months ago

The Mouse still has a scroll wheel... Is it supposed to be Retro?


I personally wouldn't buy a mouse if it didn't have a scroll wheel
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32 months ago
The mouse looks like an ergonomic dream compared to Apple's.
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32 months ago

I personally wouldn't buy a mouse if it didn't have a scroll wheel


I find the scrolling on the Magic Mouse so smooth compared to scroll wheels. When working with large files in Photoshop & Illustrator or coding in dreamweaver, or just simply browsing the web, The ability to flick up/down and left/right or just touch and scroll to navigate around in any direction is absolutely brilliant. I would never want to go back to a scroll wheel out of choice as in my kind of work they are too slow and clunky. It's just my personal choice though
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32 months ago

The Modern Mouse is made out of similar metal material as the keyboard and includes "premium precision pointing and clicking," according to Microsoft, but it lacks compatibility with macOS and iOS.


What mouse is compatible with iOS?
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32 months ago
Is it just me or would you put the fingerprint sensor in the mouse instead? That's seems more logical to me. I'd buy that.
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32 months ago
The Mouse still has a scroll wheel... Is it supposed to be Retro?
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32 months ago

This is something I don't get...

Why the recently released Apple wireless keyboard doesn't include Touch ID and visual touchbar.

It sure would have reduced autonomy a lot but all the sudden new desktop users could have accessed those features (iMac, macMini, macPro old and new the logic being in the keyboard directly).


This is a very valid question. I would only be guessing, but Touch ID might have a security issue when sending the signal via BT or else it would require a dedicated chip that would increase the keyboard cost. The visual touchbar on the other hand is a key observation. To me the touchbar is a gimmick until every mac has it. Why design a program that uses the touchbar if only a fraction of your customers can access the feature? I imagine that Apple wants to use the touchbar to differentiate the pro line, but I feel like it fractures their ecosystem. I would like to see them add the ability to get the touchbar in all their devices to encourage software development. Since it's a Mac exclusive feature getting people dependent upon it would likely reduce churn.
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