Interview with Wendy Apperson, Product Manager: Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition and Wireless Optical Desktop 5000
ActiveWin.com: What would you say the overall goal is for the Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition?
ActiveWin.com: What is the Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Media Center Edition design based on?
ActiveWin.com: What is the main function of this new device? Can you tell us about some of the features?
ActiveWin.com: What is the expected battery life? What are some power saving features?
ActiveWin.com: Is this device compatible with the Xbox Media Extender?
ActiveWin.com: Is any additional hardware needed?
ActiveWin.com: Is this a replacement to the Media Center remote?
ActiveWin.com: How many batteries does it use?
ActiveWin.com: When do you expect general availability of this product?
ActiveWin.com: Where did the idea of the Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 come from?
Digital photography has really exploded. Cameras are cheaper, hard drive space is abundant, so people are taking more pictures than ever before. We find that people have a lot more pictures but they are kind of lost on your computer, ie. all over the place. The software that comes with cameras is generally not very intuitive and is intimidating and people have problems using it. The Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 comes with Digital Image software from Microsoft. They are all connected, the software and hardware are all integrated.
ActiveWin.com: What version software does this combo ship with?
ActiveWin.com: What are the digital photo specific features that are on the keyboard?
The zoom slider, of course, is one feature which was available on previous keyboards. What is new and unique to this keyboard, however, is the PhotoCenter feature. With the PhotoCenter, there are now hotkeys dedicated to common photo editing tasks, including edit, print, send and more.
ActiveWin.com: What digital photo specific feature has been added to the mouse?
On the mouse there is a magnifier button, where the forward button is usually located, and allows you to edit real time within the magnified view. It's that simple.
ActiveWin.com: Is the PhotoCenter compatible with any other photo software suite?
That's a good question, but no, they are only compatible with Microsoft digital editing software. We believe this is a great package of software, mouse, and keyboard.
ActiveWin.com: Are the keys in the PhotoCenter programmable?
The PhotoCenter hotkeys on the Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 can be programmed to perform tasks by re-assigning them in the IntelliPoint Software.
ActiveWin.com: How long were these products in development?
About 12-16 months.
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