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Microsoft gears up to mass produce large-screen touch displays

Microsoft gears up to mass produce large screen touch displays ZDNet


Microsoft officials haven't said a whole lot about Perceptive Pixel, the large-screen touch display maker Microsoft bought back in 2012.

Stephen Elop, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Devices, told attendees of Microsoft's Australian Partner Conference on September 2 that Microsoft was gearing up to "mass produce" PPI displays. That report comes via The Australian, which reported on Elop's remarks at the conference. (One of my Twitter contacts, @walksm8, confirmed Elop's PPI comments.)But Perceptive Pixel (PPI) may soon get more visibility in the Microsoft product line-up.

Microsoft purchased PPI in July 2012 for an undisclosed amount. PPI's large-screen touch displays originally sold in the $80,000 range. But Microsoft execs said they were exploring ways to make the displays more affordable. (The 55-inch PPI flat-panel display currently sells for about $7,500 via various retailers/resellers.)

At the time Microsoft bought PPI, the team was folded into Microsoft's Office division because of the synergies between the Office team and PPI around improving meetings via technology. Making meetings more effective remains a priority for Microsoft, and specifically the OneNote, combined Skype/Lync and Power BI teams.

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Looking forward to playing Wolf Blitzer at a future meeting.

Ha! Wouldn't that be fun?

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