Microsoft Served with Lawsuit Over Live Tiles
Microsoft has been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit from a small Maine-based company called SurfCast. SurfCast alleges that Microsoft is violating its intellectual property with the Live Tiles aspect of the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 user interface. "We developed the concept of Tiles in the 1990s, which was ahead of its time. Microsoft's Live Tiles are the centerpiece of Microsoft's new Operating Systems and are covered by our patent," said SurfCast CEO Ovid Santoro. The thrust of SurfCast's argument concerns its patent number 403, which is for "presenting information from variety of sources on a display device." Microsoft has its own patent for Live Tiles, but SurfCast argues that its patent predates Microsoft's and serves as prior art. SurfCast filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. Microsoft has yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit.
Microsoft Officially Kicks Off Sales of Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft began selling the Nokia Lumia 630 today, marking the official availability and launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Both the Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 were revealed by Microsoft and Nokia during the former's Build developer conference in April.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Microsoft Targeting June 24 for Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft may launch Windows Phone 8.1 as soon as June 24, according to support documents published by the company. Microsoft's Windows Phone support site suggests June 24 will be the in-service date for Windows Phone 8.1, or the first date the new operating system becomes available to the general public.
Microsoft's Lawsuit Against Samsung May Proceed
Samsung has lost its bid to delay a trial with Microsoft, which is seeking interest payments of $6.9 million on patent licenses. Samsung and Microsoft forged an agreement in 2011 in which Samsung agreed to pay royalties for patents Microsoft holds that are used in the Android operating system.
Don't know what to make of this
No indication that these annoying twits do anything with their patents except sue people. IMO, that makes their trolling worse, even if MS is a jerk.
WP7 was on phones only. Windows 8 resides "on the user's desktop."
They were actually quite forward thinking and me...
If MS calls them "windows" instead of "tiles"...
Or, microsoft could just buy this company, fire everybody, and disband them.
I like the second option better - Patent trolls should be destroyed.