Microsoft confirms acquisition of tech from Surface stylus-maker N-trig

Microsoft’s Surface tablets are attractive for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being the compatibility they offer with traditional PC software. But when we’re talking about programs that maybe weren’t developed with touch input in mind, how to control them on a tablet becomes a very important consideration. To solve that puzzle, Microsoft has blessed some of its Surface models with support for a high-precision stylus. Earlier this year we heard a rumor claiming that Microsoft was interested in buying the company that provided it with this stylus tech, and this week we get something in the way of official confirmation, as Microsoft acknowledges its acquisition of N-trig’s digital pen tech.

At least, that’s all Microsoft is saying for the moment: that it’s bought this technology from N-trig, and stops short of confirming that it acquired the firm outright, as had been suggested. But whether it bought the whole company, or just some patents, the message is clear: the Surface Pen is going to continue to play a big role in Microsoft’s tablet lineup.

The company doesn’t directly say where it hopes this purchase may lead, and leaves us only with the teaser that it “can’t wait to show you what we’ll deliver for our Surface Fans in the future.”

Source: Microsoft
Via: Windows Central

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