Microsoft sued over Windows 8 live tiles
Software giant Microsoft Corporation has been sued by SurfCast, a small technology company based in Portland, for patent infringement over the live tiles feature in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Live tiles are an integral feature of Windows 8 and refer to self-updating dynamic tiles that have replaced the familiar Start menu. Each live tile can be dragged around and its positioning changed, as can clusters of tiles. Not only this, each cluster can also be customized by the user as per his need and preference — by adding or subtracting individual tiles in the cluster.
“We developed the concept of Tiles in the 1990s, which was ahead of its time,” says CEO Ovid Santoro. “Microsoft’s Live Tiles are the centerpiece of Microsoft’s new Operating Systems and are covered by our patent.”
The company describes its ‘Tiles’ concept as a set of dynamically-updating icons that are both selectable and live, and that can provide dynamic bookmarking - an at-a-glance view of the current status of the associated program, file or content.
”Tiles enable people to have all their content, applications, and resources, regardless of whether on their mobile device, tablet, computer, or in their Cloud - visualized persistently - dynamically updating,” it says.
According to a report, Microsoft is confident that it can prove that the claims are baseless.
News and image credit: Ars Technica