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Microsoft files patent for modular OS

Microsoft files patent for modular OS

Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade may play a pivotal role in the company's modular operating system plans.

Microsoft has filed a patent that signifies the company's intentions to introduce a modular operating system.

The patent, titled "System and method for delivery of a modular operating system," clearly states the software giant's intentions to "provide support or extended capability to the computer including hardware, applications, peripherals, and support" via add-in modules.

Interestingly, a lot of the vague details revealed in the patent application bare similarities to what we know about Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade and it has been reported that the company may use Anytime Upgrade to create more sales opportunities.

This approach also gives Microsoft the opportunity to add progressive updates to its OS over time. The patent also outlines Microsoft's plans to use a license validation module with DRM and product activation employed to enforce licensing agreements.

Progressive updates is something that the open source community has been doing for many years now, so it's questionable whether the patent application will be accepted. However, it does appear to confirm Microsoft's plans to release more incremental updates and additional functionality modules in the future.

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Glider 30th January 2007, 15:33 Quote
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Progressive updates is something that the open source community has been doing for many years now, so it's questionable whether the patent application will be accepted.
Let's hope so... Or it will harm the OSS community to a great extend...
Tyinsar 30th January 2007, 16:22 Quote
Edit: quoted part now fixed ;)
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Microsoft has filed a patent that will enable the company to introduce a modular operating system.
The patent enables nothing, MS can do this without that patent. Patents only prevent others from doing the same. If, as you say, this has been going on in the open source community then this patent better get denied.
Tim S 30th January 2007, 16:44 Quote
Thanks Tyinsar, was a slip of the fingers writing quickly while trying not to miss a train back from London. Cleared up the phrasing.
Glider 30th January 2007, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Patents only prevent others from doing the same. If, as you say, this has been going on in the open source community then this patent better get denied.
Xorg is fully modular, so are KDE and other bigger suites...

IF MS get's the patent, what would happen to such projects?

And does this aply to kernel modules too? I like the modular design of my kernel... Updates without rebooting ;)
Tyinsar 30th January 2007, 20:45 Quote
Let's hope MS gets told that this is a stupid patent. This, like much of what gets "introduced" in Windows is, umm, "borrowed" from others. I'm just amazed that MS doesn't get hit with software patent suits all the time. Then again, when you have the money you just buy what you want first.
Colonel Sanders 31st January 2007, 02:46 Quote
I always wondered how MS would compete with Linux. If the patent office lets this slip through I think I'll have to apply to patent the word "the". :D

BTW, anyone know if MS has tried to patent tabbed browsing yet? :p

L J
Tyinsar 31st January 2007, 06:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Colonel Sanders
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BTW, anyone know if MS has tried to patent tabbed browsing yet? :p

L J
:) I think they're still trying to figure out how to patent "right-click" or maybe any word / company name / website ending in "soft" or...

Edit: "the" ;)
David_Fitzy 1st February 2007, 01:00 Quote
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The patent also outlines Microsoft's plans to use a license validation module with DRM and product activation employed to enforce licensing agreements.

That truly is evil, especially as the **AA will demand that all base modules of Windows Modular include the DRM module.
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