Microsoft hardware

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Microsoft has been selling branded hardware since 1980,[1][2][3] and developing devices in-house since 1982, when the Microsoft Hardware division was formed[4] to design a computer mouse for use with Microsoft Word for DOS. Since then, Microsoft has developed computer hardware, gaming hardware[5] and mobile hardware. It also produced drivers and other software for integrating the hardware with Microsoft Windows.

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  1. ^ Lock, Robert (May–June 1980). "An Apple Breakthru". Compute!. p. 6. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Z-80 Board Puts CP/M on Apple". InfoWorld. Popular Computing. 2 (6): 3. April 28, 1980. ISSN 0199-6649. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Seminar Spills Negotiating Secrets". InfoWorld. Popular Computing. 2 (21): 24. November 24, 1980. ISSN 0199-6649. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Unsure of the demand for the product, Microsoft took a prototype to the last West Coast Computer Faire
  4. ^ Cargile, Andy; Fry, Ken (2008), "Managing the Evolution of Microsoft's Hardware Business", in Lockwood, Thomas; Walton, Thomas (eds.), Building Design Strategy: Using Design to Achieve Key Business Objectives, Allworth Communications, p. 87, ISBN 978-1-58115-653-9, The Microsoft Hardware Division was founded in 1982 on the principle of deep integration of hardware with software.
  5. ^ Cargile, Andy; Fry, Ken (2008), "Managing the Evolution of Microsoft's Hardware Business", in Lockwood, Thomas; Walton, Thomas (eds.), Building Design Strategy: Using Design to Achieve Key Business Objectives, Allworth Communications, p. 87, ISBN 978-1-58115-653-9, The division was originally charged with creating the company's first mouse compatible with Microsoft Word. [...] the 1990s saw an expanding variety of products, including PC keyboards, gaming joysticks and gamepads, a cordless telephone system, PC audio speakers, and trackball devices.

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