Microsoft is full of surprises these days. Two years after it bought large-touchscreen company Perceptive Pixel (PPI), it will start to productize the technology under the Microsoft brand.
Steven Elop, Microsoft’s VP of devices, dropped the news at a partner conference in Australia Wednesday.
Part of the delay in bringing the screens to market might be their high price tag. PPI originally sold them for $75,000. Microsoft has said it’s trying to work out ways to bring the price down.
When Microsoft bought PPI, it believed the large touchscreens would be useful in workplace meetings to enable collaboration. Microsoft remains focused on the enterprise market and increasingly on communications and presentation products. OneNote and Skype/Lync fall into that set.
But the 2013 reorganization at Microsoft moved the PPI group to the Devices group, which Elop leads.
Microsoft now sees the PPI touchscreens as one of many end points that will display Windows apps and content in the workplace. As part of the “One Windows” initiative, Microsoft hopes to be able to present the OS and apps in a consistent way on lots of different types of devices, mobile and stationary.
Microsoft is hoping developers will get busy producing apps for the big screens, which operate like giant iPads.
Hat tip: ZDNet