Microsoft sued over new UI in Windows 8

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I just posted the article Microsoft sued over new UI in Windows 8.

Microsoft have been sued over their new tiled UI which US company SurfCast claims infringes their patents.

Click to read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-sued-over-new-ui-in-windows-8-64585/](http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-sued-over-new-ui-in-windows-8-64585/)

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#2

Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites. I seem to recall Microsoft suing the devs behind React OS for patent infringement. However, as the Reast OS web sites says, their software is technically written from scratch, so naturally, M$ lost the suit.

Yet, here they are, infringing someone else’s patents. Of course, you have to wonder…why? The Start Menu was just fine the way it was. Adding the search bar in Vista and 7 was genius. But, they just had to break the law in order to create crap.


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[QUOTE=TSJnachos117;2661961]Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites. I seem to recall Microsoft suing the devs behind React OS for patent infringement. However, as the Reast OS web sites says, their software is technically written from scratch, so naturally, M$ lost the suit.[/QUOTE]Patents protect the idea, not the specific implementation. If the idea is duplicated, it’s infringing regardless of the origin of the software, hardware, or programming language used.


#4

After just briefly reading through the Surfcast patent, it would appear their tiles only change appearance when the mouse pointer is placed over them. This is achieved by using the JavaScript ‘onmouseover’ command.
The Windows 8 tiles are changing in appearance regardless of whether the mouse pointer is placed on them.
The Surfcast tiles also appear to be little screen grabs. Look at the Surfcast tiles displaying Outlook and eBay for example. Windows 8 tiles do not display like that.


#5

Lol, read the title and instantly thought “Apple”


#6

I read that some days ago. This company is a troll. They don’t even have a good website.They are hoping to make money with this lawsuit.


#7

My son is studying to be a " Patent Infringment Attorney" ( Barrister for all you Europeans) and he told me this is the biggest new field in Law now, its always been there but very few attorneys have just practiced Patent Infringment. He is going to pass the Bar Exam soon and then we will see who sues who LOL.


#8

Gates didn’t invent DOS, he screwed the inventor out of it. Just business as usual.


#9

[QUOTE=filedog;2665551][B]Gates didn’t invent DOS, he screwed the inventor out of it.[/B] Just business as usual.[/QUOTE]

Exactly, this bookworm screwed CP/M too.

It’s kinda satisfying for me to see m$ sued again.

[B]give them their own medicine![/B]


#10

Microsoft does this all the time and has for many years. Even back in the DOS days. They once invited a company in to discuss real-time file compression. They looked at the IP, showed the company out, and introduced the IP in their next version of MS-DOS as a new feature. They got sued, of course. But the lawyers were ready. Everyone got a few million while M$ was able to make billions and continue on their merry way. It’s just business.

Xerox could have been bigger than IBM or M$ had they realized that the toys they had developed would be soon be in use by billions of people on the planet: the mouse, the graphical user interface (aka windows), laser printing, IVp6, to name but a few. Yep. They developed all this and more in their PARC lab facility and were tickled pink when Bill and Steve came through on tours. Bill and Steve weren’t so stupid and both went on to become billionaires while PC work at Xerox passed away (essentially). Check out Palo Alto Research Center on wikipedia for more.

BTW, filedog, Bill didn’t screw the inventor, per se. One version of the story has it that he bought a copy from one of the inventor’s customers, re-labeled as his own and re-sold it to IBM. The story goes that IBM came to the inventor first but he was OOT and his wife wouldn’t sign the NDA IBM required (of all their suppliers BTW) so they went back and asked Bill and he “figured it out”. So. It is really hard to point fingers of fault, and after all these years, it’s just water over the dam anyhow. The inventor later sold the company to Novell for a pretty penny and moved to a lake-beach house in Austin (TX); keeping the mansion in Pebble Beach (CA) for business and vacations. you can wikipedia Gary Kildall for more on this interesting fellow.