Microsoft Hardware Turns 30, Reflects on 1980s Nostalgia

Paul Lilly

Provided you've left your twenties behind, can you remember what you were doing 30 years ago? Microsoft does. In 1982, the Microsoft Hardware group was formed while Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was selling a million copies a week, E.T. was phoning home on the big screen, and emoticons were in the process of being popularized. As Microsoft puts it, "1982 truly epitomized all that was glorious about the 80s," pointing out that Yale was offering a 14-week course aimed at solving the Rubik's Cube. Share your own favorite memory on Twitter and you could win a 30th Anniversary Arc Touch mouse.

We'll get to the contest details in a moment, but first let's take a second to reflect on Microsoft Hardware's journey. Formed in 1982, Microsoft Hardware shipped its first PC-compatible mouse a year later, a fugly (by today's standards) white rodent with clunky gray buttons. But it wasn't until the 1990s that Microsoft hit its stride, launching its first ergonomic keyboard -- the Natural Keyboard -- in 1994 and better looking (and functioning) products through the years since. You can check out a timeline of Microsoft Hardware history here .

Back to the contest. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Microsoft Hardware is giving away a "limited quantity" of the above mentioned Arc Touch mice. In order to toss your name in the hat, you'll have to tweet what you love about the 1980s and include hashtag #MSHWturns30.

Perhaps getting stingy in its old age, Microsoft Hardware's Official Rules page reveals that just 1 person selected at random from the top 100 tweets will win the Arc Touch mouse (valued at $70). Be sure to read through the rules for no-nos (like trying to enter more than three times) and other details.

Don't care about winning an Arc Touch mouse? In that case, feel free to share your favorite 1980s memory with us in the comments section below!

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