Microsoft to back giant Windows 8 touchscreens

By , Network World |  Hardware, collaboration, windows 8

During a speech at a conference earlier this year, PPI's founder and CTO Jeff Han said the technology could
readily support a 200-inch touchscreen if one that big were available. To date, PPI buys displays made by other
vendors and enables them for multi-touch.

"Although Perceptive Pixel currently focuses on larger displays, the touchscreen technology improves Microsoft's
position in a range of markets from professional on-wall displays down to handheld tablets," says Matthew Mckee, a
tablet and touchscreen analyst with Strategy Analytics. "Microsoft's focus currently is clearly the professional
touchscreen segment, an area which we estimate will see tremendous growth over the next several years, especially
with Microsoft's mobile OS and Office software."

After the purchase is completed PPI will fall under Microsoft's Office Division, which is also absorbing recent acquisition Yammer. A
combination of large multi-touch screens and Yammer social collaboration software could create an environment for
large groups at one location to work in cooperation with others remotely.

"With Perceptive Pixel's software and hardware, Microsoft has demonstrated their commitment to being a real
contender in the hardware space and strengthened their position as a touchscreen manufacturer," Mckee says.

PPI says most of its customers are in government, broadcast, defense, higher education, energy exploration,
engineering and product design. For instance, it worked in collaboration with VizRT to touch-enable its animated
graphics software Viz Art.

The company, founded in 2006, decided early on to collaborate with Microsoft. All Windows touch-enabled apps run
on PPI gear. PPI partners can use its APIs to write their own applications to the platform, according to the company website.

Perceptive Pixel is a privately held company with headquarters in New York City and offices in or near Portland,
Ore.; Mountain View, Calif; Atlanta; Los Angeles; Chicago; and Washington, D.C.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @Tim_Greene.

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