2012 is an exciting year for the Microsoft Hardware group, as it marks the 30th year that Microsoft has been in the hardware business. As we look to the future and what it will bring to our business, we’d like to pause for a moment and reminisce about the year that started it all—1982.
A few years into its iconic decade, 1982 truly epitomized all that was glorious about the 80s. The mullet gained steam, Yale offered a 14-week course aimed at solving the Rubik’s Cube and Prince William entered the world. From the release of “Thriller” to the birth of Emoticons, 1982 brought us a plethora of significant milestones worth celebrating as Microsoft Hardware looks back on its first 30 years.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album sells 20 million copies to become the largest selling record ever—Whether you were jamming on your Walkman or cranking up the tape deck on your car stereo, it’s likely you were rocking out to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1982. Selling one million copies per week at its peak, the album still reigns as the best-selling record of all-time.
E.T. Phones Home—When Steven Spielberg brought E.T. to life in 1982, he warmed our hearts and minds through the portrayal of a deep friendship between a little boy from the suburbs and a lost creature from outer space. The blockbuster was ushered into theaters with critical acclaim, and Roger Ebert heralds the film as one of the greatest films ever made, calling it an enchanting “reminder of what movies are for.”
Emoticons are introduced—Though these simple expressions of emotion now sprinkle our everyday text message and email conversations, typographical emoticons were not popularized until Scott Fahlman officially proposed the concept in 1982. Now widely recognized, Fahlman originally aimed to use :- ) and :- ( to distinguish between humorous and serious online conversations.
The Microsoft Hardware Group is born—Amid other tech, culture and pop milestones, 1982 marked the introduction of the Microsoft Hardware business. Our history truly began thirty years ago, when we committed ourselves to improving the PC experience through products that offer comfort, design, control and a better interactive experience for you, our customers. Starting with our very first mouse—fondly known as The Green-Eyed Monster—The Microsoft Hardware group has worked to stay at the cutting edge of peripheral design, and we plan to do so for years to come.
- Hardware Team