A U.S. company claims to have developed and patented the technology

Windows live tiles lead to lawsuit
A company in Portland, Maine is suing Microsoft over its use of so-called “live tiles” in its Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
 
 
SurfCast, a software company that develops for operating systems, claims that it came up with the idea for the technology as far back as the 1990s, according to this ComputerWorld article. The company received a patent for a “System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources” in 2004, which is the focus of the current lawsuit.
 
“Live tiles” are part of the new Windows interfaces and are distinct from ordinary tiles as they are constantly changing, displaying different information about incoming messages and notifications.
 
The tiling system is a major component of the operating system on new Windows mobile devices, providing the company with a key differentiator in its interface.
 
 
 
Related Download
The New Workplace: Supporting “Bring your own”							Sponsor: IBM Canada Ltd
The New Workplace: Supporting “Bring your own”
“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and the “consumerization of IT” have taken hold in the enterprise, and employees using their own personal smartphones and tablets for business have become pervasive.
Register Now
Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article