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Microsoft to Acquire Perceptive Pixel Inc.

Microsoft and Perceptive Pixel Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in the research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. Microsoft hopes the move will strengthen its position in both the tablet market and its Windows 8-based PC's.  

Perceptive Pixel Inc.

"The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution," said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. "PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration."

Perceptive Pixel Inc.

"We are incredibly excited to be working together on our mutual passion to build technologies that enable people to collaborate and communicate," Han said. "By joining Microsoft, we will be able to take advantage of the tremendous momentum of the Microsoft Office Division, tightly interoperate with its products, and deliver this technology to a very broad set of customers."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

  • back_by_demand
    chromonoidThere goes another company eaten by the corporation sharks.....Better Microsoft than Apple, the last thing I want to see is them claiming large touchscreen were invented by them and they are magical
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  • southernshark
    chromonoidThere goes another company eaten by the corporation sharks.....

    Oh well. I imagine a lot of the employees there were paid in stock options. So they should be pleased with the outcome either way. They can always go start a new company.
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  • xerroz
    chromonoidThere goes another company eaten by the corporation sharks.....Allowed to be eaten* It's not like they're forced to be bought.
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  • eddieroolz
    If Microsoft can make good use of them, great. Hoping for the best.
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  • freggo
    Are we witnessing a change of Microsoft from a pure software company ( a few Mice, Keyboards and XBoxes aside) into a more hardware oriented business ?
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  • tomhuang03
    Awesome!
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  • alidan
    it wasn't a wacom quality solution, i cant care less.
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  • chewy1963
    freggoAre we witnessing a change of Microsoft from a pure software company ( a few Mice, Keyboards and XBoxes aside) into a more hardware oriented business ?
    MicroHard?
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  • freggo
    chewy1963MicroHard?
    Ah yes, the old Gates joke comes to mind. :-)
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