In the early days of hardware design, aesthetics and user experience took a backseat to options and functionality. If the product looked great or was fun to use, it was usually a happy accident. However, the past few years have seen a shift. As our relationship with technology has become a bigger part of our lives, we’ve developed a need for computer accessories that work, yes, but that also improve our experience and help express our personality. And we don’t just want a seamless combination of form and function; we expect it.
Understanding this, the Microsoft Hardware team has been driving innovation and finding ways to enhance the experience of using our products. For instance, by building a mouse with haptic feedback that gently vibrates to indicate scrolling speed, like we did with the Arc Touch Mouse and the Explorer Touch Mouse, we create a tactile connection that makes the user feel closer to the action they’re taking. By designing a webcam with exceptional clarity, like the LifeCam Studio, we help people feel closer to each other.
When someone uses a hardware product for the first time, we want them to experience comfort, performance, style, and ease-of-use. Our goal is for every device to make interacting with the computer easier and more enjoyable, so we challenge ourselves to approach our designs holistically. Furthermore, we consider how important it is for some of our customers to have a mouse or keyboard that extends their personal style. For these customers, we’ve expanded our selection of colors and partnered with premier artists to offer mice with expressive designs like those offered in the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series Artist Edition or the Touch Mouse Artist Edition.
We’re still focused on creating products that work well, of course, but we’ve simplified and beautified to offer products that you’ll enjoy using every day.
- Hardware Team