Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

Tagged: Microsoft, Shutdown, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Software, Technology
Source: Jared Maynard - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 2 weeks ago

I just want to know what could have happened if someone else was given the copyrights for Windows Shutdown? Would we be forced to hit the switch or go into standby mode? lol

"In August 2005, Microsoft filed for a patent to more efficiently shut down its Windows operating system as well as other operating systems, including Apple’s Mac OS X, and override running programs that may prevent Windows from closing. That particular feature has been implemented for some time in Windows and is known as the notification screen just before the actual shutdown, if a user has requested Windows to close and other programs with open and unsaved documents are still running." | more

 

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Elmex8
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What this is bascially, is somebody that looks for moeny in every hole, patenting a theory, that in the end, each OS, as it becomes better, will use at least partially. It's just so strange they would be allowed to do this.

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Mehh...
Can't really form an opinion about this.
If they really were the first to do this, then yes they should have the right to get money out of it when someone else uses it, but then again...I'm sick of this race by companies to patent each and every single thing. Especially if it's so widespread of an idea and could be easily applied to any OS. I mean, since when can you patent a something so....vauge (lack of a better term ARGGG). if they would at least name a specific method or program that does this work, that would be better.

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Fine by me. This doesn't sound to bad. Although it's really targeted towards the freeware GNU OS's. Thanks Microsoft for hindering free OS's. (As I write this on a Windows machine) Teehee