Microsoft gets patent for 3D tiles–will they be called boxes?


Forget double-sided tiles.  Microsoft thinks Windows 8 users should be able to twist and turn their tiles in up to 3 dimensions, and even have cylindrical tiles.

In their patent the sides of the boxes could show more information about notifications, such as the subject line of a newly received email or a full text messages. The several sides of the boxes would allow more information to be shows.

The rotating tiles can also be used to reveal menus e.g for a music controls.

The patents were filed in Q2 2012 and granted in Q3 2012, so may show up in some future version of Windows.


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Thanks V4X22ndNov for the tip.

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