Last year we witnessed Microsoft taking a leaf out of stylus based smart phones and incorporating N-Trig pen to its Surface Pro 3 package, the tablet which was widely launched and popularized as a plausible alternative to laptop.
After the resounding success of Surface Pro-3 as reported by the phenomenal user reviews, there have been widespread rumors of Microsoft acquiring N-Trig, the touch screen technology startup whose technology you see in Surface Pro 3’s stylus. Reuters had claimed that the Redmond giant had bought N-trig for a whopping $200 million.
Now, as per a Wall Street Journal report, Microsoft has ended up buying the technology for $30 million instead of the entire company. It is noteworthy that Israel based N-trig has raked up more than 100 patents since its inception in 1999 and does business with Fujitsu, Lenovo and Sony as well.
A distinguished scientist on Microsoft Surface Team, Stevie Batchie remained silent as to how Microsoft would implement the technology in Surface Pro. Howevr, he did confirm that Microsoft “can’t wait” to show what it’s gonna do with N-Trig’s tech. He wrote in his blog post announcing the news of acquisition,
We can’t wait to show you what we’ll deliver for our Surface fans in future. Digital pens have a way to go to be as good as pen and paper on some dimensions, and we will get there. But more importantly, adding the ability to capture and share the work you do with a digital pen opens up possibilities that traditional pen and paper just cannot match. Today’s investment is another step that will let us push that innovation forward.
This announcement has indeed come as a wonderful surprise for the Surface Pro fans who are now waiting with a baited breath for the next Surface edition. And even though there’s hardly anything to say about the specifications as of now, the next edition will continue to incorporate N-Trig’s digital pen tech.