Microsoft has jumped the gun on making a few new OS specific accessories available in the form of the Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse.
The Wedge Mobile Keyboard has got Bluetooth-connectivity, Windows 8 specific keys, and a magic cover. The soft rubber surface is meant to be placed against a tablet's screen when it is in transit, and the battery compartment of the keyboard doubles up as a hand grip so you can carry the tablet easily with one hand.
The cover also hides another secret. It folds in half and allows you to bend it into a stand for a Windows 8 tablet.
As for the Wedge Touch Mouse, utilizes Bluetooth and Microsoft' BlueTrack technology as well, and has a touch sensitive surface which allows you to scroll up and down through the Metro UI. Additionally, a minor, but smart feature of the mouse revolves around the battery compartment. When opened with a push of a button, you can't latch it again unless the battery is placed in the right direction.
Microsoft also released the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard and Touch Mouse, while isn't as great as the Wedge Keyboard and Touch Mouse, still offers a wireless connection, and ability to navigate through the Windows 8 UI quickly and easily.
All the products will begin shipping to retail outlets in August in time for the Windows 8 launch. The Wedge keyboard and mouse will cost $80 and $70, respectively, while the Sculpt keyboard and mouse will each cost $50. The Touch Mouse will still sell for $80. [Microsoft]