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Microsoft gets patent for Windows shutdown

Via Conceivably Tech, we learn that Microsoft was granted a patent for the shutdown procedure in Windows. If I understand it right, Microsoft is now the sole owner of the procedure asking whether you really want to close an application with unsaved data.

Note that the patent does not seem to cover the most annoying aspect of a Windows shutdown, the never ending Windows updates. I have not used Windows on my dual-boot laptop for months for precisely that reason... I am waiting anxiously to see that patented as well.


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If only Microsoft would work on patenting technology that would make Windows shut down in, say, 5 seconds, instead of 15 minutes.
This wouild seem to fail the non-obvious test. I mean, isn't the natural thing to shut down a computer when someone is done using it?
"If I understand it right, Microsoft is now the sole owner of the procedure asking whether you really want to close an application with unsaved data. "

Now? Gnome has been doing this for ages, at least as far as I can rememeber. How many eons do they really waste between filing for a patent (to not be too mean to M$, let's assume it's older then 5 years)? This is one of many reasons for why patents, and software patents in particular, is broken.

Note that the patent does not seem to cover the most annoying aspect of a Windows shutdown, the never ending Windows updates. I have not used Windows on my dual-boot laptop for months for precisely that reason... I am waiting anxiously to see that patented as well. ------------ 1z0-051 ll HP0-D07 ll 642-902 ll 220-702 ll 70-642


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