Microsoft patents PDA double-click

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    Stella

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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    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$.

    :mad:
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    How inovative! What will they come up with next.

    No wonder Microsoft products are ****, if this is the limit of their inovation.
     
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    "Help, I got up and I can't fall down!"
     
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    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?).
     
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    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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