If you are running Windows 8 and are using any of the Microsoft’s recently released Hardware keyboard and Mouse for Windows 8, then you should install this software released by Microsoft. Some of you may have already used the Microsoft Device Center app for Windows 8, but this new application from Microsoft called as Mouse and Keyboard Center helps you make the most out of your Microsoft keyboard and mouse. It does support many of the earlier Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse too!
Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center
If you are using Microsoft Keyboards and Mouse, they do work on Windows as default with generic drivers to get basic functionality but you might have installed and using IntelliPoint and IntelliType Pro drivers to get full support for the devices and some special specific features of that device. And as mentioned, there were different drivers for Mouse and Keyboard so you had to install both.
Now with the new Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, you don’t have to. It’s a common unified drive for Microsoft Mice and Keyboards. It has an easy-to-learn Windows 8 interface. You can use it to create new shortcuts that make tedious tasks a breeze.
It has been designed keeping Windows 8 into consideration but it works on Windows 7 too !
The Microsoft hardware connected are represented with its replica in the application that makes it very easy to understand and configure. Some of the examples of Microsoft Keyboard and mouse as seen in the application are, see how real the hardware pics are.
Using this application one can view and change basic settings and app-specific settings for all connected devices in one place. It also provides access to an online Troubleshooting library, and provides How-to info tips for various features.
Some older Microsoft devices are no longer supported in Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center; however they are still supported by the IntelliPoint 8.2/IntelliType Pro 8.2 software. Check the lists of devices to confirm which software supports your device here. You can see the underside of the device to get the name of your device.
When you start the app and if your Microsoft keyboard/mouse is connected, it’ll automatically detect and provide the configuration page displaying a pic of the connected device as shown in the above pics. The experience is much better than the earlier Microsoft application, so give it a try.
Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center application is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You can check out the details here at Microsoft Hardware.