Has Ballmer been to see the latest Star Trek movie? If so it may have rekindled a passion for the Star Trek universe and inspired the latest patent application, entitled “Virtual Office Devices”. Does Ballmer want his own holodeck? maybe, and if so you can bet if it can be imagined, Microsoft can patent it.
This latest patent is even more vaguer than one of Andre Da Costa’s promotions of Vista, but as always read it for yourself and see if you can work out what exactly it is they are trying to patent and how many things it could possibly relate to.
The Virtual Office Devices patent
As found at here, US20090119604 says:
The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates communicating data utilizing holographic representations. An interface component can receive a portion of data related to a virtual meeting. A holographic component can generate at least one holographic image within a virtual meeting space, wherein the holographic image can virtually represent at least one of the portion of data related to the virtual meeting or a user associated with the virtual meeting. Moreover, a share component can employ a public view or a private view for the holographic image within the virtual meeting space.
So thats all cleared up then?!? How much longer is Microsoft going to be allowed to apply for (and wield) this portfolio of sillyness. How much longer is the shareholder going to see money being pumped into concepts like this, but more importantly does the end user have any confidence in the direction of Microsoft, which seems to be “shooting in all directions” since there are enemies all around it closing in?
*Disclaimer – Ballmers comments are not real, they are said in jest (I dont want anyone accusing me of falsely printing something)
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