Microsoft patents PDA double-click

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    This must surely be just a optimistic attempt at patenting the double click?

    There is prior arts for double clicking.. I'm thinking first versions of Mac OS, or the Digital Researches GEM gui, or the many variants of X-Windows - maybe?

    Though, its microsoft and they managed to trade mark the very generic word 'Windows' - after many attempts.
  3. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    so where is the logic in double-clicking a pda-icon? is this like the "right-click" pda-style? (sorry too lazy to read the article).
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2004
    Is M$ f--- serious!? This can't be true. Is it April 1: no. Arghhhh. Note to self: add this article to the list of reasons why i hate M$.

  5. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Double click?? It's a time sensitive click!

    The first claim reads:

    A method for expanding the functionality of an application button on a limited resource computing device, comprising:

    (a) detecting that an application button associated with a limited resource computing device application has been pressed;

    (b) determining the length of time the application button has been pressed;

    (c) opening an application if the application button is released prior to the expiration of a threshold time limit; and

    (d) opening the application and automatically causing the application to display the last known state of the application if the application button is pressed, without being released, for a period equal to or in excess of the threshold time limit.

    There are other claims in the patent as well, defining various actions under c) and d). So this patent is not about double clicking at all, but about a time sensitive click, wherein the action following the click depends on the duration of the click.

    The closest prior art I can think of is Apple's implementation of spring loaded folders.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2002
    sunny san diego
    this may be a broad patent and as the article states, hard to pursue if it came down to legal actions. however, the problem is that whomever m$ decides to sue, will have to spend an arm and a leg on legal help and will never get that back.
  8. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2003
    ChCh New Zealand
    How inovative! What will they come up with next.

    No wonder Microsoft products are ****, if this is the limit of their inovation.
  9. sjk
    macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    "Help, I got up and I can't fall down!"
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    Columbus, Ohio area
    you know

    Maybe MS is on to something. I don't think I have ever double clicked anything on my Palm, so maybe it's never been done on a PDA before (or did the Newton have that?).
  11. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    If you want relevant prior art, hold down a PalmPilot's Address Book button. If you don't let up on it quickly, it beams your "business card" contact. The backlight control function of the power button counts too.

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