Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

Blood is thicker than digi ink

Man writing a letter

Microsoft has scooped up Surface Pro 3 pen maker N-trig, after partnering with the outfit for several years.

Rumours that Redmond had bought the PC and tab digi pen vendor first, er, surfaced in February.

On Friday, Microsoft finally confirmed the buyout of N-trig, which makes the pen tech for the software giant's Surface Pro 3 fondleslab.

According to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, Microsoft shelled out roughly $30m for the firm.

Naturally enough, Redmond said it was "excited" to have gobbled up N-trig.

"Digital pens have a ways to go to be as good as pen and paper on some dimensions, and we’ll get there," said Microsoft's Surface boffin Stevie Bathiche in a canned statement.

"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." ®

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