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Microsoft awarded patents for Metro UI and soft-keyboards

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Microsoft awarded patents for Metro UI and soft-keyboards
Microsoft has been awarded two new patents in the mobile sphere, one we can get behind, and one that seems suspect enough as to get filed under our "patently ridiculous" section. Microsoft's patents are in regards to the Metro UI for phones, and for user specific predictive soft-keyboards. Which one would you pick as the ridiculous patent?

Microsoft awarded patents for Metro UI and soft-keyboards
The first patent is in regards to the Metro UI, or more specifically the panoramic UI used on phones. The patent filing images show the Metro UI and how is extends past the boundaries of the screen on phone devices, including the three layers and various interactive elements. This doesn't seem like such a bad patent, as the Metro UI is pretty innovative overall. 

The trouble comes with the second patent covering "user specific predictive soft-keyboards", which seems incredibly vague and not at all innovative. The patent essentially covers the process of keeping a user history of input in order to generate better auto-correct and predictive suggestions on a soft-keyboard. The process of keeping a user-specific dictionary is certainly nothing new, and neither are systems learning from user's frequent typos, and this patent seems to just be an extension of that, so we're not sure exactly why it was awarded. 

source: USPTO via WMPU

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posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:19 2

1. spectre1006 (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


oh boy here we go....

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:44

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Doesn't Dolphin browser use this kind of approach? As we'll as some other apps? I mean are they in risk now?

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 06:02 2

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Come on, The soft keyboard patent is ridicolous. They can't get awarded that ???

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 08:45 4

4. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Have you not been following Apple patent news the past months????

lol

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 14:00 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, apple gets people banned with drawings on bar napkins.. lol.

yea, i can see MS using this to bully pretty much every OS there is... since they all use something very similar for the keyboard. Hopefully the devil is in the details and its a patent for a very specific way of using the keyboard and not some omnipresent generic term like it seems.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 20:55

9. oxinniplola (unregistered)


Hi durden

I have the ACER aspire 4820T that comes with bluetooth inbuilt. I have the Microsoft bluetooth mouse 5000. I have always been using it with no problems. Suddenly it stopped working.

As usual, I thought I can just re-installing it by using the pairing function under the bluetooth panel "Add a device". Best part is the wizard just keeps going and never stops. My mouse is already in pairing mode.

Next check under devices/printers and believe it or not, it appears as indicated. However under the bluetooth control panel (Show Bluetooth devices), no mouse. In the devices & printers panel, the mouse shows up.

I cannot use the mouse or do a manual installation.

I have also tried to upgrade the drivers for the bluetooth and still not working. Tried the mouse with another computer and no problem. Can anybody advise how to do a reset of the bluetooth module or settings?

Short of a complete reinstallation of win 7 (which I hope to avoid just for one mouse), I have run out of ideas.

Hope somebody can render any insight as to how to resolve the issue.

Durden, did you contact Acer support about this? I tried to but they just blame the mouse and software? Any luck on your side?

Thanks for reading.

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