The Secret History of Microsoft Hardware

July 16th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

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Microsoft’s recent announcement of its Surface tablet line has brought a lot of attention to the history of Microsoft’s hardware products. Unfortunately, most accounts of that history are sorely lacking, rarely going beyond Microsoft’s involvement in PC peripherals like mice.

I thought I’d remedy that gap in history by digging back into the past and bringing to light a forgotten era of Microsoft hardware — all of which, it just so happens, launched in the 1980s.

The result, “The Secret History of Microsoft Hardware,” is now live over at I hope you enjoy it.

One Response to “The Secret History of Microsoft Hardware”

  1. arlandi Says:

    interesting slideshow.
    it comes to my attention that microsoft make these hardwares so that people can run microsoft’s software more easily!
    that’s very smart. you don’t want to let the hardware be the limit of how people use your software!
    this looks like the reason why Surface even existed. so Windows 8 won’t be limited by “substandard” hardware relesed by OEMs…
    maybe it’s time for MS to re-enter the hardware business??

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