"Microsoft Is Getting Sued Over The Most Distinctive Feature Of Its New Windows Software"
"A company called SurfCast claims that Microsoft's Live Tiles, which actively update new information on the main screen as it is received, violates a patent it has.
SurfCast filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in the District of Maine yesterday, October 30, The Next Web reported.
According to its website, SurfCast says it designs operating-system technology and has applied for four more patents.
The company designed a new concept referred to as "Tiles" for which it is suing Microsoft."
"SurfCast describes its "Tiles" as "dynamically updating icons," different from standard operating-system icons for files and applications because they are "selectable and live—containing refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information." That's Patent 6,724,403, granted in 2004: “System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources.”
I hope SurfCast gets a huge settlement for this. Microsoft has lots of cash. Cash in on this patent infringment before Windows 8 chokes like Vista though. The Metro tile interface is not very popular with desktop users. If you don't like the Metro tiles, you have other choices. Mac OSX doesn't have Metro tiles. Linux has hundreds of FREE distros without Metro tiles. I'm using Linux Mint 13 MATE to type this right now. I switched to Linux after the Windows Vista Fiasco. Don't miss Windows at all.
You're a fraud and I Linux humper. I use Open Office and every time I try to do something I get a message that says, it can't function without a Java Run-time Environment and my newest, version 7, JRE "is defective."