Microsoft Modern Keyboard Launched with a Hidden Fingerprint Scanner


Microsoft has been among the biggest names when it comes to the world of software technology for the past several decades. The company has been coming out with some of the most popular PC Operating Systems over the years. They have also been messing around with hardware technology, and the latest release from Microsoft’s hardware division comes out as the Microsoft Modern Keyboard.

This was a rather soft launch as the company didn’t really hype it up. It has now been listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on Microsoft’s US website. One of the highlights of this Microsoft Modern Keyboard is the fact that it comes with a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is rather ‘hidden’ in this keyboard as it looks like 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,” says Microsoft on the product page of the Modern Keyboard.

The keyboard comes with a high quality aluminum frame, which Microsoft claims to be virtually indestructible. This fingerprint scanner on the Microsoft Modern Keyboard will allow users on Windows 10 devices to log in using Windows Hello. This newly announced Microsoft Modern Keyboard supports Windows 8 and above devices, macOS 10.10.5 and above devices, Android 4.2 and above, and iOS 8 and iOS 9.

Users must ensure that the device should support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher for the keyboard to work. Microsoft will also let users choose between using the Modern Keyboard with wireless/ wired interface. It weighs in at about 420 grams. The Microsoft Modern Keyboard’s fingerprint scanner kind of reminds us of the new MacBooks which have a fingerprint scanner on the power button. The keyboard is priced in at $129.99