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July 13, 2012

Microsoft News - Microsoft Enchances Products' Display Quality with Acquisition of Perceptive Pixel

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

Microsoft (News - Alert) recently announced it will acquire Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI), a company that specializes in making large-scale, multi-touch displays - a new hardware line for the software giant.

According to officials from Microsoft, Windows 8 is set to be released to manufacturing in the first week of August and might be available to general public in late October. The company expects PPI's expertise in both software and hardware to "contribute to success in broad scenarios such as collaboration, meetings and presentations."

"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," said Kurt DelBene (News - Alert), president of Microsoft's Office Division.

Founded in 2006, Perceptive Pixel pioneered the research, development and production of high-performance multi-touch platforms. The company shipped its first multi-touch workstations and large wall solutions in 2007 and gained widespread recognition for transforming the way CNN covered the historic 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

In 2009, the Smithsonian awarded Perceptive Pixel the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design. In 2011, the company introduced the world’s largest projected capacitive display.  

PPI's patented technologies are used across a variety of industries such as government, defense, broadcast, energy exploration, engineering and higher education. The company’s multi-touch platform allows professionals to become more productive, make better and faster decisions, improve results and collaborate and present their ideas more effectively.

The company’s recently launched 55-inch multi-touch LCD is breathtaking, with a high-gloss, bezel-free design and ultra-slim form factor, measuring a mere 2.5 inches in depth. As with all the company's true multi-touch pro-cap displays, the 55-inch LCD handles an unlimited number of touch points and works in concert with up to three active styluses for a natural pen and touch experience. The unit is also optically bonded for near-zero parallax, eliminating the air gap that commonly causes inaccurate touches on other displays.

As with the company's 82-inch pro-cap display, the new 55-inch LCD incorporates Corning (News - Alert) Gorilla Glass for improved durability.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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