Microsoft buys giant multi-touch display maker Perceptive Pixel

Perceptive Pixel's 82-inch multi-touch display

Hot on the heels of acquiring corporate social network Yammer two weeks ago, Microsoft today announced at its 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference that it will be acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a company specializing in large multi-touch displays. The company was founded by Jeff Han in 2006 and he will join Microsoft as part of the acquisition.

Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) produces optically-bonded, capacitive LCD screens which can detect an unlimited number of finger inputs and up to four pen inputs simultaneously with sub-millimeter touch precision.

PPI's most popular product, an 82-inch multi-touch display, was showcased running the Consumer Preview build of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress this February.

An excerpt from Microsoft's press release:

"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."

"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."

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Update: The deal was sealed on 30th July and PPI is now part of the Office Division. Jeff Han has joined Microsoft as a General Manager and will report to Kurt DelBene.

Image credit: Perceptive Pixel Media Gallery (modified)

  Source: Microsoft News Center
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