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Microsoft buys interactive design outfit Perceptive Pixel

Wow. Looks like Microsoft isn’t about to shut its chequebook just because of one measly US$6.2-billion writedown.

The Redmond-based tech giant today announced that it had bought interactive design company Perceptive Pixel (PPI).

The acquisition, announced at Microsoft’s Digital Worldwide Partner Conference, was made to help with the research and design of upcoming Microsoft hardware and software. PPI showed off what it could do at the event with an 82-inch mega-tablet.

“The acquisition of PPI 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. “PPI’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.”

Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, PPI’s multi-touch technology was used by multiple broadcasters during the 2008 US presidential election and continues to be used across a variety of industries today. The company was awarded the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design by the Smithsonian Institution

“We are incredibly excited to be working together on our mutual passion to build technologies that enable people to collaborate and communicate,” Han said. “By joining Microsoft, we will be able to take advantage of the tremendous momentum of the Microsoft Office Division, tightly interoperate with its products, and deliver this technology to a very broad set of customers.”

It’s unclear just how much Microsoft paid for the company and the acquisition still needs to be approved by regulators.

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  • Alister Ho

    So after 3 straight days of dying to Manus on NG+ with no summoning, I decided to seek out some help. I tried getting some jolly co-op going with another member of a DS Forum. after about an hour of summoning failed messages i decided to give up.

    I was heading to the Chasm through the Township when i passed by a summon sign, and not just any summon sign. This one read IronKnightTarkus. While all my other summoning attempts failed, i decided to give this one a shot. Somehow it worked! This player was cosplaying Tarkus. We shared a bow and were on our way. A Fellowship was born!

    Some time after, having just killed the chained prisoner we were invaded, right as we were boarding the elevator down. Tarkus gave me the point gesture as if to say ‘you go on, i’ll take care of him.’ You shall not pass!

    As I was fighting the humanity phantoms I see my souls go up by 50,000 and the invader vanquished message popped up. Tarkus caught up and we battled Manus. During the valiant battle, Tarkus was vanquished, but not before weakening Manus to a point where I could finish him off. When my comrade was slain I let out a ‘TAARRRKKKUUUSSS!’

    Moments like these are what make Dark Souls such a great experience that I can come back to time and time again. While this picture may not be the best to prove my story, it is at least some consolation.


    Long live Tarkus!

  • How will anyone beat that story? :) Great memories. Manus, certainly the hardest boss in the game,

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