Microsoft was today awarded with key patent on Metro UI on Windows Phones, Panoramic UI in specific. They may be part of the upcoming version of Windows codenamed Windows 8 as well. Take a look at the images below.
Microsoft was also awarded with patent for user specific predictive soft-keyboard. Here is the abstract of the patent,
An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing feedback and guidance to touch screen device users to improve text entry user experience and performance by generating input history data including character probabilities, word probabilities, and touch models. According to one embodiment, a method comprises receiving first input data, automatically learning user tendencies based on the first input data to generate input history data, receiving second input data, and generating auto-corrections or suggestion candidates for one or more words of the second input data based on the input history data. The user can then select one of the suggestion candidates to replace a selected word with the selected suggestion candidate.
For more interesting patents from Microsoft such as TOUCHLESS AND TOUCH OPTIMIZED PROCESSING OF RETAIL AND OTHER COMMERCE TRANSACTIONS (sounds like NFC ?? ) visit Microsoft-news.com .