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May 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Microsoft Hardware celebrates 30 years

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Hardware, the group within the company that produces mice, keyboards, webcams and headsets.

To celebrate, the company has a timeline with a history of its timeline of its mice and other hardware over the years.

Here are some highlights:

The Microsoft Hardware group formed in 1982, charged with producing a mouse that would that highlight the features of Microsoft Word. In 1983, that group produced the Microsoft Mouse (pictured below), affectionately nicknamed “the green-eyed monster” for its two green buttons.

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Microsoft’s EasyBall, the company’s first mouse specifically designed for children ages 2 to 6, won a Gold award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDEA) in 1996:

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The Arc Touch Mouse, which can lie flat for travel or curve into an arc when in use, came out in 2010, winning several design awards including IDEA’s 2011 Gold award. Microsoft Hardware is producing 30 Arc Touch mice with the number “30” on them to mark the group’s anniversary.

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Later this year, the company will be updating its Microsoft Touch Mouse (below) so it will be compatible with the touch-centric Windows 8 when it is released. The updated Touch Mouse will allow users to swipe horizontally as well as use gestures designed to work with the features of Windows 8.

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(Photos from Microsoft)

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