Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

Summary: One of Microsoft's early US patents had nothing to do with computers. Drawings show a reading stand and book holder that Microsoft patented in 1986.

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  • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

    A clear example of Microsoft innovation.
    paul.watson
    • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

      @paul.watson punny....
      nickdangerthirdi@...
  • you can patent anything

    Perhaps they'll dig back to this high-tech work from the '80's and use this as the basis for their iPad response.
    peltierd
  • Compare to...

    From 1979-1984, Apple accomplished the industrial design, OS and GUI implementation of the first Macintosh.
    From 1981-1985, Microsoft accomplished the industrial design of a book holder and Windows 1.0 on a recycled MS-DOS OS.
    peltierd
    • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

      And the Macintosh was such a wildly successful industrial design, it managed to get 5.5% of the PC market share in 1988. (1.5% more than it has today, demonstrating the impact of its design.)

      And all the PC makers copied the Mac's wonderful industrial design. All the PC's had CPU and monitor integrated, with a black and white screen, and 1 button mouse.

      Yes, believe it or not, Apple created the industrial design of a monochrome screen.

      And Apple invented the GUI of course. Xerox Palo Alto used their time machine to steal Apple's patented innovation so Xerox could implement it in 1973, 6 years before Steven Jobs led a team to Xerox to learn about implementing a GUI, so Apple could implement it first for Xerox to steal later...
      hickum
    • Interesting.

      If such a device was manufactured, would it have outsold the Macintosh?
      Tim Cook
  • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

    Those were the containers many MS products shipped in at the time. That is the size the manuals were. Providing a book stand for those heavy books was a good idea. I don't know that they needed to patent it, but they did.
    mswift@...
    • Nice to see an informed, educated reply around here for once.

      @mswift@...

      Kudos to you :)
      kaninelupus
    • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

      @mswift@... This is absolutely correct. This followed an even nicer product design, used for MS Chart, that had a ring binder that opened into a stand for the manual. Very nice indeed and a fond memory.
      QuantumForce
  • RE: Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

    I think you get the "most relevantly informative comment of the day" award mswift.
    caburlingame
  • Maybe

    Maybe if they didn't patent it, we'd still have printed manuals shipped with our hardware and software :)
    wkulecz