Perceptive Pixel: July 9, 2012
In a move intended to propel Microsoft into the hardware device world, Microsoft acquired Perceptive Pixel, a multitouch display vendor. The acquisition was complete prior to Microsoft's release of Windows 8, the operating system that has since struggled to find widespread adoption. Shortly after the acquisition, Microsoft released its first Surface Tablet, the product the company hoped would compete for a slice of the tablet market. Microsoft's tablets have yet to gain much traction.