Microsoft closes deal to acquire Perceptive Pixel

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it was planning to buy Perceptive Pixel, which makes large touch screen devices, as part of its Worldwide Partner Conference. Today, Microsoft confirmed that the deal to acquire the company has officially closed. Specific financial terms of the deal were not announced.

In a post on the official Microsoft blog, it was revealed that Perceptive Pixel founder Jeff Han will now be part of Microsoft as a general manager and that the company itself will now be under the Microsoft Office division. Giovanni Mezgec, the general manager of the Office division, states:

We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome PPI to the Microsoft Office Division. PPI’s expertise in hardware, software and thought leadership will contribute to success in broad scenarios such as collaboration, meetings and presentations.

Perceptive Pixel was founded in 2006 and makes touch screen hardware that gets as big as 82 inches in size. Microsoft used the company's hardware to show off the Windows 8 touch screen features at previous press events; Perceptive Pixel will continue to make its hardware under its new Microsoft umbrella.

Perceptive Pixel was charging up to $80,000 for its big displays but during the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hinted that the display could be priced lower with their new parent company, saying, "Our challenge is to make that technology more affordable."

Source: Official Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft

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I think one of the biggest hurdles Windows 8 will face in succeeding is the lack of affordable high resolution touch screens. It's a good initiative if Microsoft takes matters into it's own hands and steps into the hardware market, if only to stir up competition, much like they're doing with Surface.

I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

Jimmy422 said,
I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

Since Office features collaboration on docs, maybe that will fit well?

Jimmy422 said,
I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

PP has proprietary presentation software that MS is planning on incorporating into Office.

Jimmy422 said,
I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

I was thinking the same. It does seem a bit odd, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Microsoft's plans are for this technology...

Jimmy422 said,
I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

Read the quote above the picture in the article and Cyborg_X is right about that.

Jimmy422 said,
I wonder why the Office division, of all of them. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be part of the Windows team?

Initially, I see Office promoting PPI hardware along with other Lync hardware. Don't forget Lync...its the main conferencing tool. If there are universal gestures that are in PPI's current API, I'm sure they will make their way into future Windows releases as well. For now, I'll think of them as gesture extensions.