All Cancelled Microsoft Hardware
From the very early days, Microsoft expanded their ambitions outside of operating systems and programming
languages into creating consumer hardware. It's first foray in hardware was the Z80 Softcard for the Apple ][,
made only 5 years after the company's founding.
Microsoft's released their original mouse in 1983 and first keyboard in 1994. These two hardware lines are still going strong today.
Unfortunately, that's not the case for some Microsoft hardware attempts, as many have been sunset. In the fast-paced world of tech, platforms shift and morph rapidly. See the full list of shut down Microsoft hardware below.
A lot of research went into creating this catalog, but as you can imagine, information can be hard to find about many of Microsoft's applications from the early days. Please contact us if you have more items to add to the list, or discover inaccuracies. Thanks!
This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.
Last updated November 24, 2019.
Z-80 SoftCard (1980-1985)
Microsoft RAMCard (1980-1985)
Microsoft RAMCard for Apple II (1980)
Microsoft RAMCard Ad (1982)
Microsoft RAMCard Box Front and Back (1982)
Microsoft SystemCard (1983-1985)
Microsoft SystemCard (1983)
Microsoft SystemCard Ad (1983)
Microsoft PCjr Booster with Mouse (1984-1986)
Microsoft PCjr Booster with Mouse Ad (1984)
Microsoft "Green-Eyed Monster" Mouse Provided with PCjr Booster (1983)
Microsoft MacEnhancer (1985-1987)
Microsoft Mac Enhancer Front/Top (1985)
Microsoft Mac Enhancer Back (1985)
Microsoft Mac Enhancer Ad (1985)
Microsoft InPort Card (1986-1989)
Microsoft Mach 10 & 20 Accelerator Board (1986-1989)
Microsoft Mach 10 Accelerator Board Ad (1986)
Microsoft Mach 20 Accelerator Board Ad (1988)
Microsoft Mach 20 Accelerator Board (1988)
Digital Sound System 80 (1998)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 Speakers (1998)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 Box (1998)
Microsoft Cordless Phone System (1998-2000)
Microsoft Cordless Phone System Box Front (1998)
Microsoft Cordless Phone System Box Back (1998)
Microsoft ActiMates Barney Box (1999)
Microsoft ActiMates Teletubby Box Front (1999)
Microsoft ActiMates Teletubby Box Back (1999)
Microsoft SideWinder Game Controllers (1995-2003)
Microsoft SideWinder Game Pad (2003)
Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro 2 (2003)
Microsoft Broadband Networking (2002-2004)
Microsoft Fingerprint Reader (2004-2007)
Microsoft SPOT Watches (2003-2008)
Microsoft SPOT Watches (2003)
Bill Gates and Mischa Barton Wearing Microsoft SPOT Watches (2003)
Microsoft RoundTable (2007-2009)
Courier Tablet (2008-2010)
Microsoft Response Point (2007-2010)
Microsoft Response Point Phone Hardware (2009)
Microsoft Response Point Phone Ad (2009)
Kin Phones (2010-2011)
Microsoft Kin Phones (2010)
Microsoft Kin Phones - Back (2010)
Zune Portable Media Devices (2006-2011)
MSN TV/Web TV (1997-2013)
Microsoft Band (2014-2016)
Microsoft Kinect for XBox 360 (2010)
Microsoft Kinect for XBox One (2013)
Lumia Phones (2014-2017)
Microsoft Lumia 535 Phones (2014)
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Phones (2015)
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