Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel; Growing Hardware Portfolio Teases Tight Office Integration
Perceptive Pixel makes large multi-touch workstations and wall screens including an 82-inch LCD monster. You’ve seen the likes of this huge panel on news stations.
Perceptive Pixel's 82-Inch LCD Touchscreen
So what does Microsoft want with Perceptive Pixel? There are a couple of telling quotes in the press release. One is from Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft’s Office Division; he says: "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."
Another comes from Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel’s founder: “"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."
It appears as though Microsoft could be looking to build powerful all-in-one workstations, and/or large wall-mounted displays that are either PCs themselves or connect in one way or another with a PC. In any case, tight integration with Microsoft Office is evident, and presumably, these machines would run Windows 8.
A big part of Windows 8’s and Windows Phone 8’s combined appeal is that they’re essentially the same platform, essentially unifying all of a user’s screens; it would make plenty of sense to add a few more screens by way of employee workstations and conference room displays. It may also have something to do with the development of Microsoft's PixelSense smart table.