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Microsoft Scoops Up Perceptive Pixel, the Start-Up Launched by Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han

Microsoft announced at its partner conference on Monday that it is buying Perceptive Pixel, the New York-based company started by multitouch pioneer Jeff Han.

The company is perhaps best known as the maker of the technology behind the giant touchscreen used by CNN. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Perceptive Pixel had shown off a giant display running Windows 8 at a Microsoft event in Barcelona in February. Han told AllThingsD in 2010 that the company was working on adapting its technology to run on more kinds of devices.

Interestingly, though, Microsoft is making Perceptive Pixel part of its Office unit.

“The acquisition of (Perceptive Pixel) allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. Perceptive Pixel’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.”

Here’s Han in 2010:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik