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  • Publication number: 20170055200
    Abstract: Opportunistic use of spectrum is disclosed that allows a device access to a wireless local area network (WLAN) when necessary on a restricted frequency band and provides efficient scanning and switching of device communications to an unrestricted frequency band when channels become available in the unrestricted frequency band. A device operating in the network on the restricted frequency band may receive information on a channel set over a channel in the restricted frequency band. The channel set may be a subset of channels in the network and indicate network channels available for potential use in the unrestricted frequency band. The device may then only scan the subset of channels in the channel set to search for available channels in the unrestricted band. The channel set may be determined by the network based on the operation of the device in the coverage of the restricted frequency band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Hassan, Mark Clear, Paul Mitchell, Paul Garnett
  • Publication number: 20170054815
    Abstract: A user device within a communication architecture, the user device comprising an asynchronous session generator configured to: capture at least one image; determine camera pose data associated with the at least one image; capture surface reconstruction data, the surface reconstruction data being associated with the camera pose data; generate an asynchronous session comprising asynchronous session data, the asynchronous session data comprising the at least one image, the camera pose data, surface reconstruction data, and at least one annotation object wherein the asynchronous data is configured to be stored and retrieved at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes
  • Publication number: 20170054976
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of innovations in the area of encoding pictures or portions of pictures (e.g., slices, coding tree units, or coding units) and determining whether and how certain filtering operation should be performed and flagged for performance by the decoder in the bitstream. In particular examples, various implementations for setting the sample adaptive offset (SAO) syntax elements in the H.265/HEVC standard are disclosed. Although these examples concern the H.265/HEVC standard and its SAO filter, the disclosed technology is more widely applicable to other video codecs that involve filtering operations (particularly multi-stage filtering operations) as part of their encoding and decoding processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Li, You Zhou, Jizheng Xu, Chih-Lung Lin, Feng Wu
  • Publication number: 20170054834
    Abstract: Input device attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a device includes a portion (e.g., an input portion or cover) is configured to be positioned over a display device of a computing device to cover the display device. The device also includes a spine (e.g., a mid-spine) that is physically attached to the portion in a manner that supports rotational movement of the portion in relation to the display device. The physical attachment of the spine is configured to be removable using a magnetic coupling between the spine and a surface of the computing device that includes the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Longo, Andrew William Hill, Eugene Lee, James H. Wise
  • Publication number: 20170053455
    Abstract: A user device within a communication architecture, the user device comprising an asynchronous session viewer configured to: receive asynchronous session data, the asynchronous session data comprising at least one image, camera pose data associated with the at least one image, and surface reconstruction data associated with the camera pose data; select a field of view position; and edit the asynchronous session data by adding/amending/deleting at least one annotation object based on the selected field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes
  • Publication number: 20170053446
    Abstract: A user device comprises a network interface, a rendering module, and a scene modification module. The network interface is configured to receive a video signal from another device via a network. The rendering module is configured to control display apparatus of the user device to display a virtual element to a user of the user device, the virtual element comprising a video image derived from the video signal. The modification module is configured to generate rendering data for displaying a modified version of the virtual element at the other device. The modified version does not include said video image. The network interface is configured to transmit the rendering data to the other device via the network. Alternatively or in addition, the rendering data can be modified at the other device to the same end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes, Jason Thomas Faulkner
  • Publication number: 20170054773
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for streaming an impromptu community are described herein. In one example, a system for streaming impromptu communities includes a data storage device, a community analyzer, and a publisher. In an example, the data storage device can store a number of incoming data sets, wherein each data set identifies a time and location for the origin of the data, a media instance, and an identification of an origin device or origin user. In an example, the community analyzer can operate from the data storage device to use a processor in order to calculate an IC boundary and generate an impromptu community (IC) indicator based on the proximity and temporality of the number of incoming data sets. In an example, the processor can modify the number of data sets to include the IC indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gina D. Venolia, John C. Tang, Kori Inkpen, William A. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20170053447
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) system receives a plurality of local 3D models of a part of a real-world environment, each having been generated by a different AR device when located in the real-world environment. The local 3D models are combined to generate a global 3D model, at least part of which is transmitted to a device remote from the real-world environment. The global 3D model represents a greater portion of the real-environment than any of the local 3D models individually. The AR system receives rendering data from the remote device, and transmits it to an AR device when the AR device is located in the real-world environment. Alternatively, the rendering data may be transmitted from the remote device to the AR device via a network directly. The rendering data is for use in rendering a virtual object at the AR device in the real-world environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes
  • Publication number: 20170052575
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices. One example can include a shielded and cooled circuit board assembly including a biasing sub-assembly that can bias a heat generating component and a thermal module together. The biasing sub-assembly can also define a portion of a Faraday cage around the heat generating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Taylor STELLMAN, Bert B. BUXTON, Nathan M. THOME
  • Publication number: 20170052760
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer media for generating and invoking voice-triggered macros are disclosed herein. A buffer is configured to receive sensor data for one or more sensors. The sensor data reflects user actions. A macro generator is configured to receive a command to initiate creation of a voice-triggered macro and determine macro actions for inclusion in the voice-triggered macro based on the sensor data in the buffer. The macro generator is also configured to assign a speech key to the voice-triggered macro. When audio input is determined to match the speech key of the voice-triggered macro, the macro actions are performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zachariah Glen Johnson, Sreekar Choudhary, John Henson, Kandarp Jani
  • Publication number: 20170052668
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for providing whiteboard records accessibility to users interacting with a whiteboard. A whiteboard may enable two or more users to interact with the whiteboard concurrently. The whiteboard may identify the users interacting with the whiteboard and may identify permission settings associated with the users. Based on the identification of the users and detected permission settings, the whiteboard ma activate a whiteboard records accessibility mode to provide access to whiteboard records. In a public mode, any user may interact with the whiteboard, and the whiteboard may provide access to a public records data store. In a private mode, the whiteboard may provide access to a separate private records data store associated with an authenticated user interacting with the whiteboard. When two users interact with the whiteboard concurrently, the whiteboard may separate the whiteboard records such that each user can access records corresponding to the detected permission settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Karim Farouki
  • Publication number: 20170052686
    Abstract: Animation for the attachment of content items to a location on a content surface in a user interface is provided. A user interface showing a content surface may be displayed on a computer. The content surface may include a content item at an initial position above the content surface. The content surface may display content formatted for display over an area comprising a totality of the content surface. The computer may then receive in the user interface a request to attach the content item to a final position on the content surface. The computer may then display an animation of the content item moving, from the initial position, across the content surface until the final position has been reached. The computer may then attach the content item to the content surface at the final position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Edwards, Jaclyn E. Konzelmann, Galen M. Elias, Terry J. Mahaffey
  • Publication number: 20170053621
    Abstract: A user device within a communication architecture, the user device comprising a session viewer configured to: receive at least one annotation object associated with a mixed reality/virtual reality session; determine a field of view position; and generate an image overlay based on the determined field of view position and at least one annotation object to display an indicator to guide a user of the user device to a representation of the annotation object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes
  • Publication number: 20170052863
    Abstract: A compliance user or auditor is enabled to inject failures into a sandbox environment which maybe similar to a production service. The sandbox environment, may be monitored by the same automation that watches compliance controls in the production service. As the user injects compliance failures into the sandbox, they may detect the appropriate alerts fire in the monitoring system, thereby gaining trust that the monitoring works as it should. A rich report resulting from the test activities may allow the user or auditor to see how a failure of a compliance control leads to the expected monitoring alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David Nunez Tejerina, Arthur James Schwab, III
  • Publication number: 20170053626
    Abstract: A wet ink texture engine and associated method. The wet ink texture engine may run in the context of any application on any device, service, or general endpoint capable of receiving ink input. For example, the wet ink texture engine may be used in the context of a note application that receives input in the form of writing or drawing. The wet ink texture engine reduces, minimizes, or eliminates lag between receiving the input and displaying the input to improve inking experience for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Goins, Sergey Ten, Edward Augustus Layne, Mario Baumann
  • Publication number: 20170053445
    Abstract: Augmented reality apparatus comprises stereoscopic display apparatus, a computer interface, and a rendering module. The stereoscopic display apparatus is arranged to provide to a user of the augmented reality apparatus a view of a real-world environment in which the user is located. The display apparatus is configured to generate a stereoscopic image that is visible to the user simultaneously with the real-world view. The computer interface is configured to receive from a network externally generated 3D model data of the real-world environment in which the user is located. The rendering module is configured to use the externally generated 3D model data to control the display apparatus to render a virtual element in a manner such that it is perceived by the user as a 3D element located at a desired location in the real-world environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Yao-Tsu Chen, Brandon V. Taylor, Mark Robert Swift, Austin S. Lee, Ryan S. Menezes
  • Patent number: 9575539
    Abstract: Embodiments of the virtual machine power metering system and method measure the power consumption of individual virtual machines. Power meter measurements for a physical host server are converted into individual virtual machine power meters that measure the power consumption of each individual virtual machine residing on the host server. The virtual machine power consumption is computed by generating a power model using the total power consumption of the host server and resource utilization for a virtual machine. Optimal power model coefficients are computed using the power model. The energy used by the virtual machine is computed using one of two embodiments. Embodiments of the system and method also can be used to obtain the power consumption for a specific activity (such as a service, request, or search query). In addition, the virtual machine power metering can be used for virtual machine power capping to allow power oversubscription in virtualized environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aman Kansal, Jie Liu, Douglas C. Burger, Arka Aloke Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 9576134
    Abstract: The use of one or more device health values to indicate the health status of a computing device may enable operating system developers to directly manage the security configuration of the computing device. The generation of a device health value involves initializing hardware components of a computing device and loading the operating system according to configuration settings during boot up of the computing device. The device health value is then generated based on a state of the hardware component and/or a state of a software stack that includes the operating system at boot up. The device health value may be compared to a reference health value to determine whether the computing device is in a secured state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Thom, Ronald Aigner
  • Patent number: 9576262
    Abstract: Self-learning and adaptive modeling is employed with respect to predictive analytics. A hierarchical model structure can be employed comprising a set of predictive models automatically built from accumulated data and distributed across multiple levels. For a given input type, a set of candidate models can be identified across varying levels of granularity, and a best model selected based on a comparison of performance metrics of the models. The best model can then be activated for use in making predictions. Of course, the best model can change based on most recent training performance results, since as more data becomes available more specific models can be developed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sandipan Ganguly, Lu Xia, Weiwei Wu, Shoou-Jiun Wang, Justin Hobart
  • Patent number: 9576073
    Abstract: Distance query techniques are provided that are robust to network structure, scale to large and massive networks, and are fast, straightforward, and efficient. A hierarchical hub labeling (HHL) technique is described to determine a distance between two nodes or vertices on a network. The HHL technique provides indexing by ordering vertices by importance, then transforming the ordering into an index, which enables fast exact shortest-path distance queries. The index may be compressed without sacrificing its correctness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Pajor, Daniel Delling, Renato F. Werneck, Andrew V. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9576074
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer storage media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that provide contextual services are provided. Embodiments of the present invention allow an input mechanism to provide contextual services. Exemplary input mechanisms include a keyboard, a gesture interface, and a speech interface. These inputs may be used to provide user input into one or more applications running on a computer. The contextual services provided include composition assistance, grammatical assistance, communication-context assistance, and research assistance. In one embodiment, an input mechanism (“IME”) program provides the contextual service. The IME program may work with a remote contextual-service provider. The IME program communicates user input and contextual information to the contextual-service provider. The contextual-service provider analyzes the input and contextual information to determine whether one or more contextual services should be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yu-Ting Kuo, Antonio Gulli, Kuansan Wang
  • Patent number: 9575652
    Abstract: Instantiable gesture object techniques are described in which native gesture functionality is abstracted to applications using a script-based recognition interface. Gesture objects may be instantiated for different interaction contexts at the direction of applications programmed using dynamic scripting languages. Gesture objects can be configured to designate particular touch contacts and/or other inputs to consider for gesture recognition and a target element of content to which corresponding recognized gestures are applicable. After creation, gesture objects manage gesture processing operations on behalf of the applications including creating recognizers with the native gesture system, feeding input data for processing, and transforming raw gesture data into formats appropriate for the application and/or a target element. Accordingly, script-based applications may use the gesture objects to offload processing tasks associated with gesture recognition and take advantage of native gesture functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob S. Rossi, Justin E. Rogers, Raju Ramanathan, Stephen H. Wright, Charu Chandiram, Matthew A. Rakow
  • Patent number: 9575864
    Abstract: Methods for dynamically instrumenting a program while the program is executing are described. In some embodiments, profiling hooks may be selectively inserted into and removed from a program while the program is running. The hooks may gather profiling information, such as the frequency and duration of function calls, for a selected set of functions. The hooks may be inserted into the program without requiring a special build or modifications to the binary by modifying machine-level instructions for the program stored in system memory. The ability to selectively insert instrumentation into the machine-level instructions stored in the system memory allows a set of functions to be selected during execution of the program and hooks for each function of the set of functions to be dynamically inserted or removed during execution of the program to precisely capture profiling information for the set of functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Chau, Jay Krell, Allan Murphy, Danny Chen, Hoi Vo, Steven Pratschner, Galen Hunt
  • Patent number: 9575874
    Abstract: Error logs, bug reports, and other databases identifying problems with a tracer system may be mined to determine how a tracer may interact with a given function, module, or other group of functions. Based on such reports, a tracer may be configured to avoid certain functions or to trace such functions in a specific manner. In some cases, tracer may be configured to limit tracing to certain parameters or with other limitations to avoid any known conditions under which errors occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Renat Gautallin, Alexander G. Gounares, Christopher W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 9575638
    Abstract: Methods, system, and computer program products for browsing content with a display area and input system that may be limited in comparison to more traditional browsing systems. Movement between and selection of interactive elements generally occurs in a navigation mode, whereas interaction with a single interactive element generally occurs in an edit mode. In navigation mode, a direction input selects the next interactive element in the direction indicated. If no interactive element is at least partially visible in the direction indicated or if a selected interactive element is only partially visible, the display scrolls. Switching between navigation mode and edit mode is based on the input received, in view of the input supported, by a particular interactive element. Interactive elements may be limited to the width of available display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Peter O. Vale
  • Patent number: 9575643
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for automatically forming groups of application windows. The techniques may be performed with a computing device executing a windowing system, the windowing system having a user interface element that can be interacted with by a user to manage applications executing on the computing device. Each application may correspond to a separate process and application window. It may be determined that an operation has occurred that will evict the application windows of target applications from the display, and in response an application group may be automatically formed. The application group may have indicia of the evicted target applications. The application group may be provided to the user interface element, and when the user interface element is interacted with by the user the user interface element displays user-selectable graphic application indicators for both the application group and applications other than the target applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Miron Vranjes, Matthew Worley, Richard Fang, Nils Sundelin, Robert Jarrett, Jesse Satterfield, Alice Steinglass, Chaitanya Sareen, Bret Anderson
  • Patent number: 9576261
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein facilitate the use of the primary work queue within an information management application as a centralized access point for creating and viewing multiple types of new draft items such as a note, to-do, or message item. An information management application can receive a new item request through its user interface and initiate a new draft item in response to the new item request. A view of new draft item can then be surfaced in a primary work queue of the information management application. The item type of the new draft item may be different than other item types in the primary work queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Teresa Thomas, Matthias Baer, Hiroshi Tsukahara, Marcos David Marin Amador, Tony Liang, Benjamin Franklin Carter, Matthew Wood
  • Patent number: 9573064
    Abstract: A system and method combining real-world actions and virtual actions in a gaming environment. In one aspect, a massively multiplayer environment combines the real world actions and virtual actions of a participant to influence both character metrics and game play within one or more games provided by the service. In the real world or location-based events, game play occurs in and around links explicitly created between real world locations and virtual representations of those locations within the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Tobias Kinnebrew, Nicholas Ferianc Kamuda, Aron B. Kantor
  • Patent number: 9573067
    Abstract: A handheld gaming device having a non-removable hard disk drive memory is used to perform gaming and non-gaming functions. The hard disk drive memory provides internal mass storage that is utilizable for storing various types of game-related information and non-game-related information. In one embodiment, the hard disk drive is configured to store selected portions of data in assigned regions of memory. The internal mass storage can be used to store saved game data, game specific data, and can be used as a buffer while streaming content from a remote server or drive. The internal mass storage also can be used to store other types of information, such as calendar information, personal appointments, maps, photographs, and other third party game related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Ankur Varma
  • Patent number: 9574891
    Abstract: A navigation device is provided that includes a processor configured to track a path of the navigation device based on a first signal received by the navigation device, and calculate a calculated position of the navigation device based on a second signal different from the first signal. The navigation device may further include a graphical user interface configured to display a calculated position graphical element representing the calculated position determined based on the second signal and display a tracked position graphical element representing the path of the navigation device determined based on the first signal, the tracked position graphical element and the calculated position graphical element being distinguishable in appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Figueroa
  • Patent number: 9575515
    Abstract: Techniques for fabric lamination to a component are described. According to various implementations, a single piece of fabric is laminated to a moveable component and to an apparatus to which the moveable component is attached. Generally, lamination of fabric to a moveable component and portions of an associated apparatus can enhance a user experience in a variety of ways. Embodiments may also be employed to cut fabric from around a surface component of an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Camilo Leon, Kabir Siddiqui, Dane M. Hansen, Anthony Christian Reed, Matthew David Mickelson, Jiannan Chen, Rahul Marwah
  • Patent number: 9575523
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices. One example can include a sandwich structured composite housing. The example can also include a set of electronic components positioned over the sandwich structured composite housing. The set of electronic components can have a profile against the sandwich structured composite housing. The sandwich structured composite housing can have a corresponding negative profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt A. Jenkins, Edward Burress, Jaya Narain, Robert J. Bergeson, Andrew W. Hill, Taylor Stellman
  • Patent number: 9575972
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for creating and reading a contiguous file in an extensible file system. During the creation of a file on the storage media, the file system format check the bitmap to determine if there are areas of free space on the media that would permit the storage of the file in a contiguous manner. By storing the file in a contiguous manner the file may later be read without resorting to the file allocation table, because the file itself would not be fragmented on the storage media. Once an area of free space has been identified, the file is written to the media in a contiguous manner. Further, an associated entry for the file in the directory entry is updated or created to indicate that the file is a contiguous file and also provides basic parameters necessary to read the file without resorting to accessing the file allocation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ravisankar V. Pudipeddi, Vishal V. Ghotge, Ravinder S. Thind, David A. Goebel
  • Patent number: 9576349
    Abstract: Techniques for atmospheric and solar correction of aerial images are described. An apparatus may comprise an atmospheric and solar component arranged for execution by a logic device and operative to correct solar and atmosphere artifacts from an aerial image. The atmospheric and solar component may comprise an image information component operative to generate an image record for each aerial image of a group of aerial images, the image record comprising statistical information and image context information for each aerial image, a filter generation component operative to generate an atmospheric filter and a solar filter from the statistical information and the image context information stored in the image records, and an image correction component operative to correct atmospheric and solar artifacts from the aerial image using the respective atmospheric filter and solar filter. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ido Omer, Yuxiang Liu, Wolfgang Schickler, Robert Ledner, Leon Rosenshein, David Simons
  • Patent number: 9575678
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to storage allocation. In aspects, a hierarchical data structure is used to track allocation data for storage managed by a file system. The hierarchical data structure may have multiple levels with each level having data regarding a different granularity of storage. Portions of the hierarchical data structure may be locked independently of other portions of the hierarchical data structure. The hierarchical data structure may indicate that one or more portions of storage are for exclusive use by a directory. Extra space may be reserved in allocated space in anticipation of subsequent operations. Allocation requestors may obtain storage allocation from regions associated with different levels of the hierarchical data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Miller, Jonathan M. Cargille, William R. Tipton, Surendra Verma
  • Patent number: 9575988
    Abstract: An extensible file system format for portable storage media is provided. The extensible file system format includes the specification of primary and secondary directory entry types that may be custom defined. The primary and secondary directory entry types can be further classified as critical and benign directory entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ravisankar V. Pudipeddi, Vishal V. Ghotge, Sarosh C. Havewala, Ravinder S. Thind, Mark J. Zbikowski
  • Patent number: 9578468
    Abstract: This document describes tools capable of enabling users of mobile communication devices to create communication groups quickly and easily. With such a communication group a user may call, text, or instant message all persons in the group at once by selecting the communication group rather than each person in the group. In one embodiment, the tools enable a user to build a communication group by dragging and dropping indicators for persons he or she knows from one area of a screen into another area. In another embodiment, the tools automatically collect persons from those that the user knows based on one or more criteria. The user may then easily create a communication group of those collected persons, such as by tapping on an area of a mobile device's display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Alexander Apfel, Jonathan David Friedman, Keith Lindsey Rowe, Rosanna H. Ho, Sandra I. Vargas, Peter Andrew Bernard, Matthew Justin Von Bencke
  • Patent number: 9575809
    Abstract: A “Stochastic Clustering-Based Network Generator” enables rapid formation of an interconnected hierarchical network structure from an arbitrary number of agents via an iterative turn-based coalescence process. Given N agents wishing to coalesce into one hierarchical network, a turn-based process allows each agent (or the head of each hierarchical cluster of agents), to randomly decide whether to issue or listen for merge requests in each round. Issuing a request amounts to contacting a randomly chosen agent with a merge request. Given multiple received requests, a cluster head will randomly accept one request for a merge received by any agent in that cluster. The requesting cluster then merges as a hierarchical child of the accepting cluster. In a related embodiment, given multiple merge requests, the request from the smallest cluster is accepted. In further embodiments, ties of the smallest cluster size are broken based on various options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Lubetzky, Yuval Peres, Dahlia Malkhi, Po-Shen Loh
  • Patent number: 9575712
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for providing interactive whiteboard sharing. An interactive whiteboard may enable two or more users to control and interact directly with an interactive whiteboard interface. The whiteboard may also enable users to interact with the whiteboard employing individual client devices connected with the whiteboard over a wireless or wired network. The whiteboard may distinguish each input method and the source of the input. The whiteboard may share the content of the whiteboard's user interface with the user's individual client device, and the user may interact with the whiteboard content on a user interface of the client device. The whiteboard may detect the input on the client device, and may update the content of the whiteboard interface with the input provided at each of the client devices such that the whiteboard may continuously reflect content updates and changes input on the interactive whiteboard and on connected client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Karim Farouki
  • Patent number: 9575732
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to presenting multiple projections of a declarative program and to presenting partial projections of a declarative program. In one scenario, a computer system establishes a declarative program that includes various artifacts. The computer system displays a first projection of the declarative program, which includes one or more elements of a workflow. The computer system then determines that an additional projection is to be displayed in addition to the first projection, and presents a second projection based on the artifacts of the declarative program. The second projection illustrates the artifacts in a form different than that shown in the first projection, and is presented in addition to the first projection. In some cases, the computer system further receives an input and edits the declarative program according to the received input. The edits to the declarative program are substantially lossless, and can be performed using partial or full projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Leon Ezequiel Welicki, Balasubramanian Shyamsundar, Kenneth David Wolf
  • Patent number: 9575742
    Abstract: A mobile terminal capable of performing updating on an application and a control method thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes: a checking unit configured to check status information of the mobile terminal in relation to updating of an application; a detection unit configured to detect an application in which an update event has occurred, on the basis of the status information of the mobile terminal; and a controlled configured to perform updating on the application detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9575747
    Abstract: A configuration architecture automatically links the output of a business process modeler to a business system configuration tool. The output of the business process modeler is translated into a representation of a source business process that is used by the business system configuration tool to automatically generate configuration templates. A user can provide configuration information through the configuration templates. The configuration inputs are applied to an implementation of a business system to obtain a configured, working business system instance with the same functionality as the source business process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Kumar, Aditya Makarand Desai, Arijit Basu, Yen Ping Yu, Manoj Swaminathan
  • Patent number: D779488
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vicky Chen, Jiun Yang, Michael Zheng
  • Patent number: D779502
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Gabriel Clapper, Lauren Michelle Beckwith, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Moneta K. Ho Kushner
  • Patent number: D779506
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan James Vulk, David Hose, Michael A. LaJoie
  • Patent number: D779507
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan James Vulk, David Hose, Matt Peltier, Michael A. LaJoie
  • Patent number: D779508
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan James Vulk, David Hose, Michael A. LaJoie
  • Patent number: D779513
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Oscar E. Murillo, Kristoffer S. Schultz, Cheryl Nicole Platz, Addison K. Linville, Kelly Rose McArthur, David A. Walker, Tyrone Samson, Vikram Bapat, John Henson, Jason Ryan Farmer, Craig Fox, Stefanie Lyn Tomko, Lisa Stifelman, Shane Jeremy Landry
  • Patent number: D779530
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Robinson, Jeff Fleischmann, Mitchell Johnson
  • Patent number: D779545
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoji Chen, Nathan Johnson, Megan McMillan, Brian Ralphs