Msg#: 4514256 posted 5:35 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
What I don't quite understand is why this wasn't done prior to launch. But then, IANAL.
Microsoft is already facing lawsuits related to the just-launched Windows, with an operating system technology designer accusing Microsoft of ripping of its patent for "tiles."
SurfCast, in a complaint filed yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Maine, said Microsoft infringes one of its four patents -- No. 6,724,403 -- by "making, using, selling, and offering to sell devices and software products" covered by SurfCast's patent. That includes mobile devices using the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems as well as PCs using Windows 8/RT. Microsoft Sued Over Patent For 'Tiles' In Windows 8 [news.cnet.com]
Msg#: 4514256 posted 6:30 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
May be I'm looking at it too simplistically but to me the 'tiles' are just another way of displaying desktop icons, whether it's a folder or an app/executable. I guess Surfcast's main issue may be with the snippets of info that are displayed and dynamically updated within the tiles.
Still seems pretty flaky to me - the lawsuit not the design ;-)