Tech giant Microsoft and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a company that develops and produces large-scale, multi-touch display solutions, the two companies announced on 9 July.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.
Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI shipped its first multi-touch workstation and large wall solutions in early 2007. In 2008 its technology gained widespread recognition for transforming the way CNN and other broadcasters covered the 2008 U.S. presidential election. PPI's patented technologies are used across a wide variety of industries such as government, defence, broadcast, energy exploration, engineering and higher education.
"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."
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