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June 8, 2012 by

Going Hybrid: the old new form factor for Windows 8

It's just over a week since the Windows 8 Release Preview hit the download streams, and it's certainly been an interesting week for the Wintel ecosystem, with a whole raft of new form factors and devices announced at this year's Computex. Ultrabooks look here to stay (even if Apple has taken a patent out on the thin wedge form factor they all seem to be using), and this year's new trend is the hybrid PC/tablet.

January 11, 2010 by

Microsoft pulls Office from distribution channels on patent-infringement deadline day

January 11 is/was the day by which Microsoft was required to stop selling versions of Office or components of it that included the Custom XML technology, as a result of a patent-infringement ruling against the company. Given that Microsoft released to PC makers a patch designed to remove the infringing technology at the end of last year, it looked like the Softies were ready to comply with the ruling over a month ago. But now it looks like that wasn't the case....

January 29, 2009 by

Microsoft patents interface to transform phone into PC

In lock-step with CEO Steve Ballmer's promise at CES 2009 to bring convergence to the PC, phone and TV, Microsoft has patented a way to replace your PC with a smartphone...or rather, to turn a smartphone into a "fully-fledged" PC with hard drive, mouse, display, and so forth.

September 10, 2007 by

Reform opponents promise patent fight in Senate

The tech industry may have been patting itself on the back Friday, after the House passed a patent reform bill, but the measure still faces an uphill battles in the Senate, opponent claim, InfoWorld reports."I would not throw a party just yet," said Bobbie Wilson, director in the litigation department at the Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC law firm, based in San Francisco.


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