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Quarter century of progress

Quarter century of progress

Microsoft Hardware celebrated its 25th anniversary at an Auckland event showcasing many soon to be released products.

Product marketing manager Danica Aitken says the hardware range began with a mouse that supported Microsoft’s early software.

“When we first formed Microsoft Hardware in 1982, our mission was to develop a device that would help people use Microsoft’s new word processing program [the first version of Microsoft Word],” she says.

Products set for local release in November include three new mice – the Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000, the Sidewinder Mouse and the Mobile Memory Mouse 8000.

The Lifecam VX-7000 (for desktops) is also expected that month, followed by the LifeCam NX 3000 for laptops in December.

The Memory Mouse 8000 has 1GB of flash memory built into its wireless transceiver, which also works to recharge the device.

The Sidewinder line, first launched in 1995 with joysticks and steering wheels, has been revived with the latest gaming mouse, which provides for custom tuning, one-touch access to Vista and an on-mouse LCD display.

Each of the new webcams feature PhotoSwap for sharing digital photos between PCs during video calls.

The latest hardware on display at the Auckland event was also a reminder of how far peripherals technology has advanced. How many would remember using the clunky serial mouse, the ballpoint mouse for laptops or the 5.25-inch disk set for Microsoft Windows version 3.0?


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