Microsoft files for Windows Phone 7 Series Panoramic User Interface patent

When Microsoft announced it’s Windows Phone 7 Series OS, everyone was pretty impressed with the new innovative Panoramic User Interface.

Well, the guys at Microsoft seem to be pretty impressed with themselves too. They think they’ve found a new perfect UI paradigm for a mobile device, that moves beyond tired PC desktop user experience.  And they want to have it for themselves, without others getting into a game with some copycat UI.

The way to do that? Get  a patent for the whole damn thing.

And this is what Microsoft is trying to do now. Looks like they’ve been working on the new panoramic UI since at least the summer of 2008, and already  filed a patent application for “Panoramic user interface”  in September that year.

Well, this is probably the first of the patent applications for the new Windows Phone 7 Series OS, and there will be quite a few more to come. Also,  there’s still a question of how much of the concepts USPTO will deem to be true inventions.

But, if Windows Phone 7 Series catches up the the hype it is getting now, duplicating the thing just got more difficult for competitors.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • steuart harrison

    looks like they ripped-off spb mobile shell….or?

  • Staska

    Well, haven't seen SPB shell, but. Windows Phone Series 7 looks like it? In
    2008? Then, maybe

  • xsmoker

    Great to see this making progress. Even tho I love my iPhone, I cant stand ATT as a network. Cant wait to get away from them.