Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Apr 2010 09:41 UTC
Humor "The US Patents and Trademark Office has today made public a Microsoft patent application (serial no. 240,729) related to the graphical user interface found on the hotly anticipated Windows Phone 7 Series mobile OS. Filed in September 2008, this application describes a 'contiguous background' that extends beyond the dimensions of the screen (either vertically or horizontally, but not both) with anchored 'mixed-media' elements being littered atop it - all of which is to be served on a 'media-playing device'. That should sound pretty familiar, given that it's the central navigational concept of both Windows Phone 7 and the Zune HD, and as such it makes a lot of sense for Microsoft to seek to legally protect its uniqueness."
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RE: Comment by VZsolt
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 17:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by VZsolt"
Earl Colby pottinger
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To tell you the truth it sound like they are patenting my desktop layout when I was using Amiga computers. There were a number of programs to turn your screen into a window into a larger virtual desktop. And with Amiga`s pull down screens it did not usually make sense to make a virtual screen taller than your real screen, making it wider however made it a lot easier to use a number of related programs together, or even a single program with a lot of windows.

Remember the early Amigas were limited in resolution compared to modern day computers, the standard screens filled up fast.

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