Microsoft Makes Big Multi-Touch Push, Will Buy Perceptive Pixel

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new acquisition by Microsoft could show signs that the company is looking to further invest into hardware offerings. On Monday, the Windows creator announced that it planned to buy large screen multi-touch display provider Perceptive Pixel.

Financial information was not specified regarding costs. Microsoft noted that Perceptive Pixel’s touchscreen technology was used by media presences including CNN to cover the 2008 presidential election nearly four years ago.

“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,” commented Microsoft Kurt DelBene, president of the company’s Office Division. Meanwhile, Perceptive Pixel Founder Jeff Han expressed excitement, noting that products would be provided to “a very broad set of customers.”

Touchscreen patents by the company have been notably used in areas including broadcasting, higher education, government branches and more.

Microsoft has made a larger touchscreen push lately. With a metro-style, the company’s upcoming Windows 8 OS is geared towards tablet devices. The Windows maker also recently unveiled SmartGlass, an offering that allows users to sync their tablet devices with the Xbox 360, providing for new control and gameplay capabilities.

A tablet directly manufactured by Microsoft is set to makes its debut sometimes this fall. Known as Surface, the device provides a kickstand and features a cover that multi-functions as clip on keyboard.