Microsoft is releasing two new keyboards with new keys; an Office key and a dedicated Emoji key.
Back in June we talked about the plans for an Office key to go alongside the existing Windows key. Here it is …
The Office and Emoji keys are on the right of the spacebar.
Pressing the Office key opens the Office for Windows 10 app … the gateway app into the separate Office programs.
More useful are some key combinations for opening common Office programs:
Office + W – opens Word
Office + X – Excel
Office + P – PowerPoint
Microsoft obsession with Emoji continues with the addition of a dedicated Emoji key.
The Emoji key opens the emoji/character app that’s now in Windows 10.
If Microsoft would like to fix and improve the emoji panel, the emoji key would be a useful addition to the keyboard.
Unlike the Office key, there’s are perfectly good keyboard shortcuts already available:
Windows + . (period/fullstop) or Windows + ; (semi-colon)
Will they spread?
The Windows key started on Microsoft keyboards and spread to other manufacturers via a licensing agreement.
There’s no similar agreement for Office and Emoji keys … at least not yet.