Microsoft Hardware celebrates 30 year anniversary

30 years ago this week, Microsoft launched a new division: Microsoft Hardware. Since then the division has been busy designing and releasing a number of PC-related hardware devices, beginning with the first Microsoft Mouse in 1983. Microsoft Hardware has created and released a ton of difference PC mouse products over the past three decades along with keyboards, gamepads, joysticks, web cameras and more.

In a post on the official Microsoft Hardware blog site, the company said:

A lot has changed since our humble beginnings in 1982. This was the year we began to realize that the complete PC experience should encompass so much more than a strong and efficient computer. Building on our extensive background and knowledge of PCs and computing, we paved the way for the hardware industry by delivering products that make the time you spend with your PC more efficient… and better yet, more enjoyable.

Microsoft also announced that one of its more popular and recent PC mouse devices, the Arc Touch Mouse, is now available for purchase in two new colors: Sangria Red Diamond and Cement Gray. The price for the new version is $59.99.

In addition, the Next at Microsoft blog site has posted up a new video feature filmed at Microsoft's CES 2012 booth. The feature goes over a display shown at CES where Microsoft celebrates its hardware releases, which include the Xbox 360 game console and the Kinect motion gesture camera.

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lunarworks said,
As many issues as I have with Microsoft, their hardware is top-notch. (Aside from Xbox, of course.)

I find the PS3 to be way more fragile then an Xbox. was riding a bike with my 360 in my bag and it fell onto the street and rolled for quite a bit, hard impact tho and only thing broken was a little crack in the casing.
PS3 fell from the table (40cm high or so) and completely broke down.

The wheel mouse optical is fine, however, their finger print reader was fine, no x64 drivers

and as for their webcams, they are bad.

Best thing they ever made was the Natural Keyboard I've had one for the last 14 years and I still love it. I have a few Elite's and a 4000 but the original was and is still the best IMO.

I had their first optical mouse when released, it's still around to this day. It was a revolution, it fitted so well to your hand and was do much better to use than the traditional ball mice. It was lighter and never clogged up.

However before the optical, I had always got Microsoft mice as they were the most hard wearing.

REM2000 said,
I had their first optical mouse when released, it's still around to this day. It was a revolution, it fitted so well to your hand and was do much better to use than the traditional ball mice. It was lighter and never clogged up.

However before the optical, I had always got Microsoft mice as they were the most hard wearing.


microsoft has always made good hardware, especially mice and keyboards. i have a MS keyboard, and i just love it. (altho keys sometimes get stuck from all the junk ). But considering the beating it took, its still alive and kicking. had to manually fix my mouse a couple of times tho
but its a logitech mouse because MS at the time had no mouse like that available(god still love the mx518).

back in the day their joysticks where great (sidewinder) which turned into the xbox controller eventually, keyboards and mice are nice too

I got a white arc touch mouse for christmas and I love it.. Its not great for a desktop but to so much more convenient to take to work with me

For some reason I never think of Microsoft existing in the 1970s. For some reason my mind always tells me that they were only around from the late 80s onwards.

Majesticmerc said,
For some reason I never think of Microsoft existing in the 1970s. For some reason my mind always tells me that they were only around from the late 80s onwards.

I'm guessing you never had an Altair.