updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue August 3, 2010
MS hints at mystery flat peripheral
Microsoft's hardware group created a minor amount of intrigue today as it posted a second teaser for an unknown peripheral. The controller doesn't appear to be either a mouse or a keyboard and, from a small fragment, appears to be a possible challenger to Apple's Magic Trackpad. In one hint, however, Microsoft told users "don't be so touchy... flat is where it's at," casting doubts on the trackpad theory as well.
The company hasn't given any clues as to when the next teaser, if any, would come about. Accordingly, it's unknown when the peripheral might ship or how much it might cost. If a trackpad, it may have full cross-platform support where some Microsoft mice don't have full support without Windows. The company wouldn't have intentionally shadowed Apple as a result, as the touch peripheral shipped just a week ago.