Microsoft is on a shopping spree again, not so long after buying Skype for way too much money… This time they’ve set their sights on Perceptive Pixel, a touchscreen display maker. The acquisition is intended as means of makes Microsoft’s PixelSense large displays more affordable.
No details about the transaction have been unveiled yet. Perceptive Pixel usually handles production of behemoths such as 82 inch multitouch displays, able to respond to both stylus and finger input. The screens are meant for corporate/education and prices go to around $80k. Microsoft had to pay too much to the company for their panels and decided it’s cheaper to buy them. Fair, right? Well, as long as they don’t dismember the enterprise and only keep the technology, it’s all safe.
Through this deal, Microsoft will be able to make its own PixelSense displays and huge touchscreen devices, that may be turned into tables such as the older Surface. I wonder if the device initially known as Surface will be rebranded now that the name has gone to the Microsoft tablet…
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