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
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
"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)