During the Reddit AmA by Surface team from Microsoft, Stevie Bathiche from Surface team did a long reply on Reddit explaining the Stylus technologies available on the market and why Microsoft chose N-Trig over Wacom. Read his full response below. Hi.. this is StevieB. I anticipated the pen digitizer question.. so I have been thinking about how to talk about it over the weekend. I hope you and other folks find it useful. I will try to answer the rest of your questions preceding. Below is about your Wacom and Pressure question. There are 3 main types of pen digitizer technologies: Electromagnetic, passive capacitive (those conductive rubber tipped pens that trick the digitizer into looking like a finger), and active capacitive. Electromagnetic works by putting a printed circuit board across the entire device, typically situated underneath the display and its backlight. This is a completely separate system from the touch ...

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At the World Economic Forum, Microsoft is releasing the results of a Microsoft survey of 10,000 Internet users in 10 countries which focuses on how personal technology is changing lives of people. The survey was taken between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014. The 10 countries surveyed include the U.S., France, Germany, Brazil, Russia, China, India, Japan, Mexico and Turkey. In both the developed and the developing economies we surveyed, people overwhelmingly told us that personal technology is transforming their lives in a variety of sectors, including business, education, transportation, social bonds, arts and culture and other areas. Each country may prioritize differently the sector they feel has benefited most, but all agree that personal technology has made important changes possible. Notably, people around the world perceive personal technology to be driving innovations across all sectors. This phenomenon is particularly true in the developing world, where people see personal technology ...

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