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Microsoft Courier-style pen & touch patent application filed

Microsoft Courier-style pen & touch patent application filed

Microsoft's Courier project, which endeared itself to tablet-philes with its promise of dual-displays and an innovative pen-and-finger interface, but then was cruelly axed before launch, keeps spawning patent applications.  The latest - Bimodal Touch Sensitive Digital Notebook - describes the different ways in which two types of touchscreen input, using fingers and a more precise digital stylus, could be implemented for better control of a slate.

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Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Sometimes we wonder whether companies file patent applications just to push their luck and see what they can get approved; how else can you explain Microsoft's attempt to patent page-curl screen transitions?  The new application - filed all the way back in January 2009 - describes a very iBooks-like system whereby dragging your finger across a page of text on-screen lifts the virtual page and previews the content underneath.

According to the description, Microsoft were trying to replicate the real paper experience: the lifted page would have increased transparency, showing signs of the text on its reverse, while flipping repeatedly would quickly whip through two or more pages.  It's speculated that the project was part of Microsoft's Courier research, and could've been used as part of their digital notebook.

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Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

The life of the Microsoft Courier over the last few months has been one for the script of a soap opera. From seeing video of what the Courier concept would be, to its terrible cancellation, to some software confusion, the Courier has lived and died in such a roller-coaster fashion that it could be tough for anyone to keep up with. Even when Microsoft execs were being shuffled around (supposedly due to the Courier's axing), the Courier was always the main focus. And today, based on a patent months old, we're reminded all over again about what could have been.

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Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

The ability to tag songs for a later purchase is one of the easiest, and most convenient ways to shop for songs that you may not have immediate access to. After all, the radio is still an avenue to learn about your favorite band's latest release, or to find new music in general. Microsoft has been tagging songs since late 2008, but it's a pretty big feature in the Zune HD's
catalogue.

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Microsoft welcome HTC/Apple patent battle

Microsoft welcome HTC/Apple patent battle

With several Windows Mobile devices named in Apple's patent suit against HTC, you'd be forgiven for expecting Microsoft to have a few words of quiet support for their hardware partners.  However it seems Microsoft are quite looking forward to a general battle; speaking at an IP convention last week, Brad Smith, the company's general counsel and senior vice president told amassed lawyers that "the fact that there's litigation in this area is not necessarily a bad thing."

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Apple, Microsoft, iriver & more face Tsera touchpad patent lawsuit

Apple, Microsoft, iriver & more face Tsera touchpad patent lawsuit

Apple, Microsoft, Bang & Olufsen and iriver are among the defendants named by Tsera LLC, a company claiming to own a touchpad patent which has been vigorously infringed.  The lawsuit concerns Tsera's patent "Methods and apparatus for controlling a portable electronic device using a touchpad", and basically describes recognizing different touchpad swipes without requiring visual feedback.

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Microsoft Pay-Per-Use patent rejected

Microsoft Pay-Per-Use patent rejected

Microsoft's pay-per-use computing patent application, uncovered at the end of December, has been rejected by the US Patent & Trademark Office.  The application - which described a system whereby users would receive a high-power PC and be able to select multiple levels of performance, with costs varying according to use - was criticised as being unclear and "fuzzy" in places, with the USPTO feeling that much of what Microsoft was claiming had already been patented.

Microsoft Veda context-aware mobile device patent

Microsoft Veda context-aware mobile device patent

Achieving the balance between flexibility and ease of use isn't straightforward, as Microsoft have found with their Windows Mobile OS.  Yes, there's bags of functionality and a whole army of developers creating add-ons, but the result can be intimidating and actually make completing simple tasks harder.  The company appears to be going more context-specific with their latest patent, for the Veda "Multi-mode multimedia device and computing system" that plays the part of cellphone, PMP and mini-notebook.

Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Windows 10 is just around the corner, at least for PCs and tablets. For mobile phones, however, that's not happening until later. Which means that there's a window of opportunity for dreaming about the future. And when it comes to divining Microsoft smartphone future, there is no other favorite than a Microsoft made Android device. It sounds dreamy doesn't it? A smartphone that combines decades of Nokia experience, Microsoft's enterprise and productivity products, and one of the biggest mobile platforms in the world. But youu know what they say about things that sound too good to be true, and here are some reasons why.

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Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung has recently teamed up with Microsoft in a deal that brought the latter's Android apps pre-installed on Samsung's flagships. But Samsung might actually have something even more intimate in mind. A patent filed back in late 2014 reveals one of Samsung's ideas for combining two platforms: a phablet that runs Android by default but switches to Windows when joined with a dock that is practically an empty laptop shell, thereby providing the familiar mobility of Android on mobile with Windows productivity in the workplace.

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