Microsoft Acquires Surface Stylus Tech From N-trig For $30 Million
Microsoft has acquired the Surface stylus and touch display interface technology for $30 million, from Israeli company N-trig. The Redmond has already used N-trig’s digital stylus pen and screen interface in its Surface Pro 3 tablet.
N-trig is considered as an important partner for Microsoft. Before the acquisition, Microsoft had a small stake of 6 percent in the company.
“Today’s investment is another step that will let us push that innovation forward,” said Microsoft in a blog post.
Microsoft says that it is excited to acquire the technology that will work to please the Surface fans in the future.
“We can’t wait to show you what we’ll deliver for our Surface Fans in the future. Digital pens have a ways to go to be as good as pen and paper on some dimensions, and we’ll get there,” reads the blog post.
With Microsoft’s increasing endeavors to improve the writing recognition technology, typing may be replaced with much convenient writing. Microsoft has plans to incorporate writing recognition feature in its applications such as Outlook and Office. The company believes that natural interactions can make electronic gadgets more useful.
As part of the $30 million deal, some employees from N-trig will join the software giant.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet will cost buyers $499. The purchases will get a digital pen and a Surface type cover along with the tablet. Today is the day when Microsoft is supposed to start shipping its Surface 3 tablet, according to its early announcement.
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