Cortana could be taking the notes at your next meeting (patent)
Microsoft has applied for a patent which could mean the above lady could soon be out of a job. Their patent for “Automatic capture of information from audio data and computer operating context” would have an AI listeni...
This may be Microsoft’s USB-C compatible Surface connector (but it’s not all good)
Microsoft received a lot of criticism for not replacing the Surface connector in their new range of Surface devices with USB-C ports, but Microsoft has insisted they were simply not happy with the user experience the port provide...
New Microsoft patent means laptop thieves can run but not hide
When Apple included reset protection in their anti-theft technology on the iPhone there was a dramatic reduction in the number of muggings related to the device, as thieves were no longer reliably able to resell the handsets. So ...
New “hinged foldable tablet” patents from Microsoft gives us a better look at the device
Given the volume of patents we have seen in recent months, there is little doubt Microsoft is working on a hinged Windows 10 tablet, though of course, this does not tell us whether the device will ever make it out of the labs. The...
Microsoft proposes for Cortana to replace instruction manuals
Microsoft is always looking for ways to make their AI more useful and weave her more tightly into our lives. Their latest move is to use Cortana to help users set up other devices, as described in a recent patent application. They...
Microsoft patents active bezels for windows tablets
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a new form of palm rejection which would allow them to use more narrow bezels on their Windows tablets. The patent would rely on adding touch sensors to the bezel itself, something which is v...
You may soon be able to Sign to Unlock with your Surface Pen (patent)
A major focus for Microsoft over the last few years has been bringing a Natural User Interface to Windows 10, which has meant in practice more integration of voice, touch and stylus to allow us to operate our PCs in a way that is ...
Microsoft may bring back the jog dial to their tablets and Surface Pen (patent)
In the early 2000’s, when one-handed use of gadgets was still important, Sony devices were particularly sought after due to their popular jog dials, which let users quickly and easily access a wide number of features with on...
Microsoft patents ultimate Helicopter Parental Control
It is widely believed that the best way to keep children safe on the internet is education and appropriate supervision, such as having a PC in a public area of the home, rather than a bedroom. In the days of 8 year olds having sma...