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Xbox 360Microsoft gets the lion's share of its revenue and profits from software, but it's created a sizable hardware business, too. The company's offerings may soon grow if it releases a music player. Unconfirmed and watery rumors also have the Redmond, Wash.-based company buying a GPS maker.
Here are some of Microsoft's notable forays into the glories of hardware.
1. The Xbox 360
The successor to the Xbox, the Xbox 360, has allowed Microsoft to get the jump on rival Sony in next-generation game consoles despite a severe shortage early on. The machine comes in several configurations, and video game fans can upgrade the controller and buy all sorts of spare cables. An add-on HD DVD drive is coming.