Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 09:53 UTC, submitted by drfelip
Graphics, User Interfaces "An interesting patent application recently filed by Microsoft may offer a glimpse at the future of the Windows interface. The patent describes a 'method for managing windows in a display' that seems to describe a method of task switching that is neither Taskbar nor Expose, but something in between." It reminds me of a feature called 'iconify', where you can minimise windows into an icon on the desktop (as CDE has, for instance), a feature I miss in most modern desktop environments.
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looks like a stop patent
by Donny_S on Tue 17th Jul 2007 17:27 UTC
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If MS puts-up the money and has insider backing of the USPTO they can patent anything and use their political power and legal staff to stop others from developing UI software. There's nothing novel about what this patent text describes. It's pure bulltickey.

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