Microsoft has now confirmed they have acquired technology from Israel-based company N-trig, which created the tech behind the Surface Pen stylus. The pen is included in the Surface Pro 3 and is sold as an optional accessory for the upcoming Surface 3 tablet.
N-trig was founded in 1999 and has been developing its digital stylus technology for some time. Microsoft had already invested money in N-trig, and owned about 6.1% of the company before the acquisition, which was previously rumored to happen back in February. In a statement, Stevie Bathiche of the Surface development team said:
We can't wait to show you what we'll deliver for our Surface Fans in the future. Digital pens have a ways to go to be as good as pen and paper on some dimensions, and we'll 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 can't match. Today's investment is another step that will let us push that innovation forward.
The specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.