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Microsoft to Buy Maker of Large, Touch Displays
July 10, 2012 | William Zimmerman
Microsoft has entered into an agreement to buy Perceptive Pixel (PPI) a vendor of large-scale, multitouch displays, an acquisition Microsoft expects will boost its enterprise collaboration and communication offerings.
PPI was founded in 2006, and sells large displays that can be hung on walls and interacted with via hand touch or stylus.
It's likely that the PPI technology will be closely used with Microsoft's Lync product, which includes IM and presence, web meetings, video conferencing and IP telephony.
Cisco, a Microsoft rival in the enterprise collaboration market, has a strong lineup of video conferencing and telepresence products that it's integrating into its broader collaboration stack.
PPI customers are in a variety of industries, including government, defense, broadcast, energy exploration, engineering and higher education. For example, CNN has used PPI displays in its broadcasts.
Microsoft didn't disclose financial terms of the deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.
"There is a tremendous opportunity in the collaboration and productivity market for us to change the way meetings are conducted in boardrooms, offices and classrooms," said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for Lync at Microsoft.
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