Toronto: Microsoft Corp will buy Perceptive Pixel Inc, a six-year-old recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions.
Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, Perceptive Pixel shipped its first multi-touch workstation and large wall solutions in early 2007.
Microsoft also said it plans to launch the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system in October, which Ballmer painted as the most important launch for the Redmond, Washington-based company since Windows 95 almost two decades earlier.
"This is an epic year," Ballmer told more than 16,000 business partners at a conference in Toronto. "It's a year of unparalleled opportunity."
The next 12 months are seen as critical for the software behemoth, which has prepared a multi-pronged assault on the dominance of Apple Inc and Google Inc in the crucial mobile computing space.
The company is placing several major bets over that period: its new Windows 8 operating system, on track for a late October launch; its first "Surface" tablets; a new version of Office; and revamped phone software.
Microsoft said it will be sending Windows 8 to its hardware partners in the first week of August and it will be available more broadly by the end of October.
"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history, creating massive opportunities for our partners to grow their businesses," Ballmer said in a statement released alongside its annual Worldwide Partner Conference.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 10:39