Microsoft announces "Hardware for Business" line

Microsoft has announced a new “Microsoft Hardware for Business” line which will offer the company's high quality Microsoft webcams, headsets, mice and keyboards, all of which will be packaged up for volume purchasing by businesses.

The line of hardware products includes the recent release of LifeCam Studio for high-definition video calls, which the company say could help businesses save money on time and travel costs.

Microsoft Hardware for Business offers the range of products to order in any quality, which will help suit various business sizes from small to large, while also offering 50pks which will be suitable for enterprise size roll-outs. Buying in volume will allow businesses to save money, while Microsoft will also offer support for each product and reduction of waste thanks to less packaging.

According to the official website, products available in the Business for Hardware Range include:

LifeCam Studio for Business: available for an ERP of £54.99 per unit or £2,600.82 for 50 pack

Wireless Desktop 800 for Business: available for an ERP of £18.29 per unit

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 for Business: available for an ERP of £18.29 per unit.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000: available for an ERP of £17.51 per unit.

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Great. Now all we need is a Microsoft-made Laptop and Desktop computer, and then we'll be in business. Microsoft, why WON'T YOU MAKE A COMPUTER?!?!?!

Microsoft hardware is nice. They should expand it. Kinect was a good start. MS tv's, monitors, speakers, joysticks,computers.

ccoltmanm said,
Microsoft hardware is nice. They should expand it. Kinect was a good start. MS tv's, monitors, speakers, joysticks,computers.

I miss Microsoft's joysticks

Byron_Hinson said,

Yeah some of them were excellent, lets just try to forget the sidewinder dual strike though.

Haven't the fainest clue as to what you are talking about

Sraf said,

I miss Microsoft's joysticks

I still have the Precision Pro and even the original Sidewinder 3D Pro (which the Precision Pro replaced); however, gameports have gone the way of the diricawl.

How about an MS High Resolution Display licensed from Samsung that is higher res than anything Apple has, or even equal?

jimmyfal said,
How about an MS High Resolution Display licensed from Samsung that is higher res than anything Apple has, or even equal?

MS had that at one point, it was called printed manuals

neufuse said,

MS had that at one point, it was called printed manuals

Funny how when the printed material stopped being included with computer products, the consumer didn't benefit from any of those MASSIVE savings...

greenwizard88 said,
I wish they'd offer laptops, too. I'd like to see them compete with Apple on the hardware end of things as well.

Would be nice if they used the same sort of idea as Google's Nexus. As in Design it, use it as a reference for other OEMs, and sold though non traditional channels, as to not **** off the OEMs.

wixostrix said,
They should start offering Microsoft branded displays and speakers too. Just round out the whole peripherals category.

MS did make speakers at one time. I had them - they were actually quite decent.

LifeCam Studio for Business: available for an ERP of £54.99 per unit or £2,600.82 for 50 pack

Wow a £3 saving!!!

BoyBoppins said,

The retail LifeCam studio is $99.95


And to convert that as well, XE Converter says 54.99 pounds is about $89.9557 or $89.96~ at current market rates.
So saving about $10 per package. Or a little more than 6 pounds.

In volume purchases, that'll amount to a good deal on savings.

Rudy said,

Wow a £3 saving!!!

Considering that enterprises usually buy hardware in the hundreds, they will be able to save something there.
On the other hand, every new PC that enterprises buy already come with keyboards and mice, so why shell out more on these?

Odom said,

Considering that enterprises usually buy hardware in the hundreds, they will be able to save something there.
On the other hand, every new PC that enterprises buy already come with keyboards and mice, so why shell out more on these?

Because many companies opt to buy better equipment for users that request it, to lower occurrences of things like RSIs

Odom said,

Considering that enterprises usually buy hardware in the hundreds, they will be able to save something there.
On the other hand, every new PC that enterprises buy already come with keyboards and mice, so why shell out more on these?

How many corporate desktops include ergo keyboards *or* ergo pointing devices? Microsoft makes both - just swapping non-ergo for ergo reduces instances of carpal-tunnel syndrome (a biggie for cubicle-sitters). Besides, once you go ergo, it's darn difficult, if not impossible, to settle for non-ergo.

So then Microsoft Hardware for Business will have crappier packaging than consumer products? Or will they just leave out all the non essential crap.

warwagon said,
So then Microsoft Hardware for Business will have crappier packaging than consumer products? Or will they just leave out all the non essential crap.

Volume purchasing would be more convenient for business, I think. If a company wants 50 new mice for their desktops, I doubt they need (or want) all the individual paper and plastic packing for each separate mouse.

Good for the environment too!