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The Hype: Microsoft will acquire
Perceptive Pixel, a developer of
large-scale, multi-touch display
solutions that gained prominence
with CNN’s interactive “Magic Wall”
during the 2008 presidential election, for an
undisclosed amount.

What It Means: The soft ware company
expects to integrate Windows 8 and Microsoft
Office applications with PPI’s displays, which
include an 82-inch model. Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer likened the PPI displays to a
“very big Windows 8 tablet” and said the deal
would open new possibilities for productivity
and collaboration.
Broadcasting and
customers that
use PPI’s displays
include CNN, ABC,
ESPN, Bloomberg,
and The Weather

Pricing and Availability:
PPI’s displays sell
for about $80,000 each. Windows 8 PCs and
Microsoft ’s Surface tablets with a 10.6-inch
screen will begin shipping in October, the
company said.