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  • Publication number: 20170142445
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are innovations for bitstreams having clean random access (CRA) pictures and/or other types of random access point (RAP) pictures. New type definitions and strategic constraints on types of RAP pictures can simplify mapping of units of elementary video stream data to a container format. Such innovations can help improve the ability for video coding systems to more flexibly perform adaptive video delivery, production editing, commercial insertion, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gary J. Sullivan, Sandeep Kanumuri
  • Publication number: 20170142094
    Abstract: Single sign-on identity management between local and cloud-based systems is provided. A remote or cloud-based authentication endpoint is registered as a local device, service or resource in a user's local directory services system. A local device and associated user requesting access to cloud-based resources will then see the authentication endpoint as an internal (inside the enterprise) server and may supply an authentication ticket which includes on-premises log-in or sign-on identity for the user. The remote or cloud-based authentication endpoint may then validate the authentication ticket, and the user may then access devices, applications and services operated in association with the remote or cloud-based authentication endpoint without a second or separate log-in or sign-on and without use of additional authentication equipment at the user's enterprise network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Edan Doitch, Yavor V. Angelov, Shiung-Vei Yong, Yordan Ivanov Rouskov, Ross Peter Adams, Arieh Bibliowicz, Hagar Romach
  • Publication number: 20170142418
    Abstract: Innovations in unified intra block copy (“BC”) and inter prediction modes are presented. In some example implementations, bitstream syntax, semantics of syntax elements and many coding/decoding processes for inter prediction mode are reused or slightly modified to enable intra BC prediction for blocks of a frame. For example, to provide intra BC prediction for a current block of a current picture, a motion compensation process applies a motion vector that indicates a displacement within the current picture, with the current picture being used as a reference picture for the motion compensation process. With this unification of syntax, semantics and coding/decoding processes, various coding/decoding tools designed for inter prediction mode, such as advanced motion vector prediction, merge mode and skip mode, can also be applied when intra BC prediction is used, which simplifies implementation of intra BC prediction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Li, Ji-Zheng Xu
  • Publication number: 20170139978
    Abstract: Systems, components, devices, and methods for transferring files are provided. An example file is a container file comprising a plurality of component files. A non-limiting example method is a method for transferring a container file over a network to a remote device. The method includes the step of accessing a container file, the container file comprising a plurality of components. The method also includes the step of transmitting metadata information for the plurality of components to the remote device. The method further includes the step of determining components from the plurality of components to transmit to the remote device. The method additionally includes the step of transmitting component data items for the determined components to the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Hayworth, Dachuan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170142252
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to detecting and providing alerts regarding a possible scam voice call. One example provides a method comprising receiving a voice call, and obtaining, during the voice call, a caller number and a caller voice sample. The method further comprises obtaining, via the caller number and the caller voice sample, a risk determination regarding the risk that the voice call is a scam call, and based upon the risk determination, outputting, during the voice call, an alert regarding the risk that the voice call is a scam call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Dhirendra Bhupati
  • Publication number: 20170139215
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) may comprise an adjustable crown band, a crown band circumference adjusting mechanism coupled to the adjustable crown band and configured to adjust a crown band circumference to releasably secure the crown band to the user's crown, an armature including left and right arms, each of the left and right arms mounted at a respective proximal end to corresponding left and right HMD attachment structures, a display mounted at left and right sides to respective distal ends of the left and right arms, and an eye relief distance adjustment mechanism configured to move the left and right arms in a timed manner toward and away from the crown band along a substantially linear path, to thereby adjust an eye relief distance from the display to an eye of a the user when the crown band is fitted on the crown of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol Mark Tazbaz, Roy Joseph Riccomini, Andrew Bert Hodge, Bradley William Steiner, Michael James Basha, Azhar K. Meyer, Zoltan Laszlo, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf, Perry Q. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20170141882
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for transmitting data are described herein. In one example, a method includes detecting a plurality of data frames to be transmitted using a shared communication network and selecting a first and a second data frame from the plurality of data frames based on a deadline for each of the plurality of data frames. The method also includes transmitting, via a shared communication network, the first data frame to a first client device and waiting for a predetermined delay period. Additionally, the method includes detecting a data acknowledgement frame from the first client device and transmitting, via the shared communication network, the second data frame to a second client device, the first data frame and the second data frame to be transmitted sequentially. Furthermore, the method includes transferring control of the shared communication network to an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ranveer Chandra, David W. Russo
  • Publication number: 20170139500
    Abstract: A touch screen panel comprises an outer surface that defines a touch sensitive surface with a touch sensitive area. The outer surface comprises friction features distributed throughout at least a portion of the touch sensitive area according to one or more predetermined spacings. The friction features are configured to have predetermined friction characteristics that impart a desired tactile effect, e.g., a paper-like feel, to the touch sensitive surface when contacted by a user's finger or a stylus. Methods of forming a touch screen panel with predetermined friction features are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. Large, James D. Holbery, Robert McPherson
  • Publication number: 20170139980
    Abstract: A multi-version removal manager for a transaction processing system is disclosed. A visibility sequence number is provided to versions such that operations with a lower sequence number than the visibility sequence number have been applied and a preselected amount of operations with a higher sequence number could have been applied. Visible version versions are maintained and versions related to a visibility sequence number are removed after an executing transaction is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mert Coskun, Gopala Krishna R. Kakivaya, Jesse M. Benson, Preetha L. Subbarayalu
  • Publication number: 20170140047
    Abstract: A collaboration database service allows end users to create and collaborate on custom databases as any other type of productivity content (presentations, word processing documents, spreadsheets, etc.). Providing a more data centric experience rather than formatting centric may allow for a malleable experience. The custom entities the user defines may indicate how to best display the data on various devices, what rules should be enforced, and what actions need to be taken on behalf of the user. A collaboration database service according to embodiments may not only provide easy creation and sharing of various databases across devices, but also integrate and interoperate with various productivity application workloads. Each productivity application may play a unique role, and those individual strengths may be highlighted in an example service to bring the system together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Krista Bendig, Gabriel Hall, James Sturms, Mauricio Ordonez, Mark Peterson, Brian Jones, Joe Filcik, Travis Eby, Caoimhe Grace Dowling, Kyle Zhang, Krunal Sheth
  • Publication number: 20170139930
    Abstract: Systems, components, devices, and methods for generating suggestions for content files are provided. A non-limiting example is a method for generating suggestions for arranging content. The method includes the step of receiving a content file from a client, the content file including a content region and a content element. The method also includes the step of analyzing the content file to select a blueprint for the content region. The method further includes the step of generating a suggestion for arranging the content region based on the selected blueprint. Additionally, the method includes the step of transmitting the suggestion to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Maloney
  • Publication number: 20170139890
    Abstract: Smart cards are used to provide a consolidated summary of tabular data from a collaboration database. Card layouts may be responsive to table schema and present data consistently across different devices and platforms. Cards may have pre-set layouts designed to present content in a user-friendly manner enhancing user experience and enabling interactivity. Card layouts may be determined by a set of pre-defined rules, which may be based on a type of data in a first column of an underlying table and types of data in other columns (such as images, communications, and other forms of rich data).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Krista Bendig, Travis Eby, Caoimhe Grace Dowling, Raul Clouse, Krunal Sheth, Eugene Y. Suh, David Huang
  • Publication number: 20170139927
    Abstract: Data presentation functionality associated with a collaboration database may be provided. A presentation of a table in conjunction with a collaboration database may be detected. At least one field in the table that includes people type data may also be detected. Initial letters associated with a person or an entity may be detected as input into the at least one field. A type of entry of the initial letters may be detected. A local data source may be searched to identify matching entries. Suggestions may then be displayed. If one of the suggestions is selected, additional information associated with the selected suggestion may be displayed on a contact card in a vicinity of the at least one field. An interactive functionality associated with the additional information through the contact card may be provided upon selection of the at least one field when the table is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Krista Bendig, Nathan Penner, Travis Eby, Yi Li, Felicia Werchan, Daniel McAllister, Mark Peterson, Raul Clouse
  • Publication number: 20170139884
    Abstract: A collaboration database service may allow users to create, edit, and share collaborative content on custom databases, and may also integrate and interoperate with various productivity applications. For example, a collaboration database engine of the service may detect creation or modification of a table through an application associated with the service. In response to a request to add a choice type column to the table, the engine may automatically select, provide, and enable modification of a set of symbols and associated text values corresponding to choices. The engine may then provide the choice type column for display within the table such that each cell of the choice type column is automatically and/or manually populated with at least one of the choices. The choice may be represented by a symbol and/or associated text value from the modified set of symbols and associated text values corresponding to the choice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Krista Bendig, Krunal Sheth, Travis Eby, Raul Clouse, Scott McFadden, Reed Pankhurst, Wei Wei, Daniel McAllister, Petr Slavik, Mark Peterson, Chris Seitzinger, Harjinder Pal Singh Raheja
  • Publication number: 20170141287
    Abstract: In this disclosure, example networks of coupled superconducting nanowires hosting MZMs are disclosed that can be used to realize a more powerful type of non-Abelian defect: a genon in an Ising×Ising topological state. The braiding of such genons provides the missing topological single-qubit ?/8 phase gate. Combined with joint fermion parity measurements of MZMs, these operations provide a way to realize universal TQC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Maissam Barkeshli, Jay Deep Sau
  • Publication number: 20170139958
    Abstract: A collaboration database service may allow users to create, edit, and share collaborative content on custom databases consistently across a variety of platforms and devices. For example, a collaboration database engine of the service may be configured to detect creation of a table through an application associated with the service, the table including one or more columns and rows that form a plurality of cells. The engine may also be configured to determine and optionally reduce a character count of data within each cell, map each cell to a bucket based on the character count of the data, and automatically select an optimal configuration of the table to be provided for display through the application based on the mapping. The optimal configuration may maximize an amount of the data presented within each cell of the table and enable consistent presentation of the table across a variety of platforms and devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Krista Bendig, Michael R. Sullivan, Caoimhe Grace Dowling, Gergely Kota, Mark Peterson, Raul Clouse, Michael Cheng
  • Publication number: 20170140138
    Abstract: A method, system, and one or more computer-readable storage media for behavior based authentication for touch screen devices are provided herein. The method includes acquiring a number of training samples corresponding to a first action performed on a touch screen of a touch screen device, wherein the first action includes an input of a signature or a gesture by a legitimate user. The method also includes generating a user behavior model based on the training samples and acquiring a test sample corresponding to a second action performed on the touch screen, wherein the second action includes an input of the signature or the gesture by a user. The method further includes classifying the test sample based on the user behavior model, wherein classifying the test sample includes determining whether the user is the legitimate user or an imposter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Arjmand Samuel, Muhammad Shahzad
  • Publication number: 20170140241
    Abstract: Systems, components, devices, and methods for generating suggestions based on extracting colors from an image are provided. A non-limiting example is a method for generating suggestions for arranging content based on matching colors in an image. The method includes the step of receiving a content file. The content file includes a content region and an image. The method also includes the step of analyzing the image to identify candidate colors in the image. Additionally, the method includes the step of generating a suggestion for the content region. The suggestion includes the image and a suggested design element. The suggested design element matches one of the identified candidate colors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Maloney, Gilberto Aristides Apodaca Aragon
  • Publication number: 20170140152
    Abstract: During booting of a computing device, multiple security boundaries are generated. A security boundary refers to a manner of operation of a computing device or a portion of the computing device, with a program executing in one security boundary being prohibited from accessing data and programs in another security boundary. As part of booting the computing device measurements of (e.g., hash values or other identifications of) various modules loaded and executed as part of booting the computing device are maintained by a boot measurement system of the computing device. Additionally, as part of booting the computing device, public/private key pairs of one of the security boundaries is generated or otherwise obtained. Private keys of the public/private key pairs are provided to the one security boundary, and the public keys of the public/private key pairs are provided to the boot measurement system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yevgeniy A. Samsonov, Kinshumann Kinshumann
  • Publication number: 20170140505
    Abstract: Interpolating shapes is provided. A first image and a second image are received where the first image and the second image each comprise two-dimensional (2D) shapes. A first grid is automatically created outlining the first image, the first grid comprising a number of points and a number of levels. A second grid is automatically created outlining the second image, the second grid comprising the number of points and the number of levels. The first image is morphed to the second image by moving the number of points from locations in the first grid to corresponding locations in the second grid such that the first image is skewed into the second image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventor: Alexandre Gueniot
  • Publication number: 20170140577
    Abstract: Augmented reality light guide display techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an apparatus includes a housing configured in a hand-held form factor, one or more sensors configured to detect a position and orientation of the housing in three dimensions in a physical environment of the housing, a light guide that is at least partially transparent and supported by the housing, a light engine that is optically coupled to the light guide, and one or more modules disposed within the housing and implemented at least partially in hardware. The one or more modules are configured to calculate a position and orientation of an augmentation and cause the light engine to output the augmentation for display using the light guide such that the augmentation is viewable concurrently with at least a portion of the physical environment through the light guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William J. Westerinen, Steven John Robbins, Rajeev Badyal, Rod G. Fleck
  • Publication number: 20170140250
    Abstract: Systems, components, devices, and methods for understanding the content of an image are provided. A non-limiting example is a method for generating suggestions for arranging content based on understanding the contents of an image. The method includes the step of receiving a content file that includes a content region and an image. The method also includes the steps of generating a statistical analysis of the image and calculating a score based on the statistical analysis. The method also includes the step of classifying the image based on comparing the score to a threshold value. Additionally, the method includes the step of generating a suggestion for arranging the content region based on the classification of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Maloney, Alexander Ivaniukovich
  • Patent number: 9652196
    Abstract: Examples described herein automatically route audio signals associated with applications to appropriate audio endpoints when a computing device is operating in a disjoint mode. Smart audio routing management of audio signals is based on content output destinations for applications associated with the audio signals. Smart audio routing management enables computing devices operating in a disjoint mode to receive audio signals relevant to application content rendered or displayed over multiple devices, and correctly route individual audio signals to audio endpoints that correspond to a location where associated application content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Ray Davis, Vincent Bellet, William Scott Stauber
  • Patent number: 9652030
    Abstract: A touchless human computer interface (HCI) provides a virtual surface in three-dimensional space and a zone of restriction for defining a level of sensitivity to movements in order to cancel noise that may be caused by natural wobble of a human appendage. The touchless HCI may receive input regarding a user movement, process the input to generate clean gesture data and analyze at least one dynamic variable to determine an interpreted action based upon a relationship of the clean gesture data with respect to the virtual surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Yeung, Anton Andrews
  • Patent number: 9652044
    Abstract: An application programming interface is provided that allows applications to request and receive distance measurements from multiple proximity sensors arranged on a computing device such as a smart phone or tablet. Users can input ranges of values to the applications by moving objects such as hands and fingers towards and away one or more of the multiple proximity sensors. Applications can use the ranges of values provided by the proximity sensors to allow for more nuanced and precise user interfaces than what is typically available using the binary output associated with a capacitive display. The values provided by the proximity sensors can be combined with values from one or more other sensors such as accelerometers to provide additional user interface options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanouil Koukoumidis, Brian Beckman, Sumit Kumar, Konstantinos Aisopos
  • Patent number: 9651654
    Abstract: Embodiments adjust device error radiuses associated with inferred device positions produced by positioning systems. Inferred beacon positions and associated beacon radiuses are accessed for beacons in a beacon fingerprint from an observing computing device. The beacon radiuses are associated with a pre-defined confidence level (e.g., an in-circle percentage). A Kalman filter is applied to at least one of the beacons using the inferred beacon positions and the beacon radiuses associated therewith to infer a device position for the computing device and to compute a device error radius for the inferred device position. The computed device error radius is adjusted as a function of the quantity of beacons input to the Kalman filter to achieve the pre-defined confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jyh-Han Lin, Yong Song, Stephen P. DiAcetis, Julia Maureen Letchner
  • Patent number: 9649560
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a wireless controller system and WiFi radio system within a game console from interfering with each other. Specifically, the WiFi system is adapted to avoid activating its transmitter during the controller receive times by detecting a signal sent to the WiFi module indicating where the controller receive times occur without an explicit signal indicative of the controller receive times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Hall, David W. Russo
  • Patent number: 9652042
    Abstract: Architecture for implementing a perceptual user interface. The architecture comprises alternative modalities for controlling computer application programs and manipulating on-screen objects through hand gestures or a combination of hand gestures and verbal commands. The perceptual user interface system includes a tracking component that detects object characteristics of at least one of a plurality of objects within a scene, and tracks the respective object. Detection of object characteristics is based at least in part upon image comparison of a plurality of images relative to a course mapping of the images. A seeding component iteratively seeds the tracking component with object hypotheses based upon the presence of the object characteristics and the image comparison. A filtering component selectively removes the tracked object from the object hypotheses and/or at least one object hypothesis from the set of object hypotheses based upon predetermined removal criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Wilson, Nuria M. Oliver
  • Patent number: 9651944
    Abstract: Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) piloting authorization implementations are presented that authorize a pilot to operate a UAV in regulated airspace. In general, a UAV authorization system is employed which incorporates a control authorization unit into a UAV controller device and a control instruction authentication unit into a UAV. The control authorization unit obtains a signed digital certificate associated with a UAV pilot, checks that it is signed by a trusted signatory, and then determines that it is currently valid using cloud or server based validation service. If the digital certificate is currently valid, the pilot is allowed to initiate control instructions via the UAV controller device. The signed digital certificate is attached to any control instructions initiated by the pilot before transmission to the UAV. The control instruction authentication unit goes through a similar procedure to authenticate any received control instruction before allowing the UAV to execute the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Troy J. Arwine
  • Patent number: 9652027
    Abstract: A computing system having a plurality of processing units configured to perform work by having threads assigned to the processing units. A thread scheduler is coupled to the plurality of processors and configured to schedule threads to the processing units. A power manager is coupled to the thread scheduler and controls performance states or idle states of the processing units. The thread scheduler maintains information about current performance state or idle state per processing unit. The information includes a multi-level description of the processing units in the computing system. The multi-level description includes three or more different entry values of different levels for performance state or idle state for processing units. The power manager provides the multi-level description of the processing units to the thread scheduler, which is configured to schedule threads to the processing units based on the multi-level description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Sharda, Bruce Lee Worthington
  • Patent number: 9652443
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide techniques for time-based viewing of electronic documents. Examples of electronic documents include websites, webpages, text documents, web-based documents, and so on. In at least some embodiments, a time-based viewer is provided that enables a user to select a particular date and/or time for which to view an electronic document. The user can then navigate through the electronic document and view how the document will appear or did appear at the selected date and/or time. In at least some embodiments, a page container is provided that can include definitions for different versions of a page of an electronic document. According to some embodiments, the different versions of the page can correspond to different publication dates for the page. In some implementations, the time-based viewer can access a page container to retrieve a particular version of a page for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Richard Kenneth Holt, Christopher N. Haddan
  • Patent number: 9652447
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for generating a document pre-populated with user-based information. A user's authorized social network can be mined for user-based information. The user-based information mined from the user-authorized social network can be added to a document template at locations in the template of one or more information identifiers in order to generate the pre-populated document. The one or more information identifiers can be used to identify the user-based information on the user authorized social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Augustine
  • Patent number: 9652444
    Abstract: An annotation suggestion platform may comprise a client and a server, where the client captures a media object and sends the captured object to the server, and the server provides a list of suggested annotations for a user to associate with the captured media object. The user may then select which of the suggested metadata is to be associated or stored with the captured media. In this way, a user may more easily associate metadata with a media object, facilitating the media object's search and retrieval. The server may also provide web page links related to the captured media object. Suggested metadata may be viewed, selected, and associated through a user interface. The user interface may additionally provide space for web pages to be navigated and viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Motaz Ahmed El-Saban, Xin-Jing Wang, May Abdelreheem Sayed
  • Patent number: 9652289
    Abstract: Systems and techniques of the management of the allocation of a plurality of memory elements stored within a plurality of lockless list structures are presented. These lockless list structures (such as Slists) may be made accessible within an operating system environment of a multicore processor—and may be partitioned within the system. Memory elements may also be partitioned among these lockless list structures. When a core processor (or other processing element) makes a request for allocating a memory element to itself, the system and/or method may search among the lockless list structures for an available memory element. When a suitable and/or available memory element is found, the system may allocate the available memory element to requesting core processor. Dynamically balancing of memory elements may occur according to a suitable balancing metric, such as maintain substantial numerical equality of memory elements or avoid over-allocation of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Amol Dilip Dixit, Bradley Michael Waters
  • Patent number: 9652215
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to application installation/uninstallation across multiple systems. Responsive to installation or uninstallation of an application on a first system running on a device, it is determined whether the application is to be installed or uninstalled on a second system. Responsive to determining that the application is to be installed or uninstalled on the second system, an indication is set while the first system is running, where the indication causes installation or uninstallation of the application on the second system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaolong Shi, Song Li
  • Patent number: 9652288
    Abstract: A method for adaptively allocating resources to a plurality of jobs. The method comprises selecting a first policy from a plurality of policies for a first job in the plurality of jobs by using a policy selection mechanism, allocating at least one resource to the first job in accordance with the first policy, and in response to completion of the first job, updating the policy selection mechanism to obtain an updated policy selection mechanism by using at least one processor. Updating the policy selection mechanism comprises evaluating the performance of the first policy with respect to the first job by calculating a value of a metric of utility for the first policy based on conditions associated with execution of the first job and updating the policy selection mechanism based on the calculated value and a delay of execution of the first job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Navendu Jain, Ishai Menache, Ohad Shamir
  • Patent number: 9652207
    Abstract: Static type checking can be performed on types and values defined in modules in a system that dynamically composes programs from modules. The types and values do not share a global namespace. Each module defines its own module universe, disjoint from other modules. A language mechanism can establish a local name binding to one module within the content of another module. When type checking at compile time an environment can be established that corresponds to a runtime instance of the program. The static type system can be arranged to align with the runtime values, such that the names used to refer to objects at runtime are the same as the names used to refer to the types of those objects in the static type system. Aliases of a particular type are resolved to a known compile time description of the type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventors: Lucas J. Hoban, Mads Torgersen, Charles P. Jazdzewski, Anders Hejlsberg, Steven E. Lucco, Joseph J. Pamer
  • Patent number: 9652327
    Abstract: Aspects extend to methods, systems, and computer program products for reassigning service functionality between acceleration components. Reassigning service functionality can be used to recover service acceleration for a service. Service acceleration can operate improperly due to performance degradation at an acceleration component. A role at the acceleration component having degraded performance can be assigned to another acceleration component to restore service acceleration for the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen F. Heil, Sitaram V. Lanka, Adrian M. Caulfield, Eric S. Chung, Andrew R. Putnam, Douglas C. Burger, Yi Xiao
  • Patent number: 9652334
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for increasing coordination service reliability. A coordination service maintains state (e.g., using replication) for one or more software components (e.g., applications). Tokens can be used to identify incarnations of a member set within the coordination service. When a member starts and has no token, the member attempts to learn the token from a majority other members. If no such token exists, the member requests a new token. Aspects of the invention can be used to detect and compensate for lost state within the coordination service, including state lost due to storage device failures (which may be referred to as “silent data loss”). Detecting and compensating for silent data loss makes the coordination service more reliable and can essentially guarantee that the coordination service notifies clients when data is lost and ceases processing when incorrect state may exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Flavio Paiva Junqueira, Johannes Klein, Satish R. Thatte
  • Patent number: 9652354
    Abstract: Examining time series sequences representing performance counters from executing programs can provide significant clues about potential malfunctions, busy periods in terms of traffic on networks, intensive processing cycles and so on. An unsupervised anomaly detector can detect anomalies for any time series. A combination of known techniques from statistics, signal processing and machine learning can be used to identify outliers on unsupervised data, and to capture anomalies like edge detection, spike detection, and pattern error anomalies. Boolean and probabilistic results concerning whether an anomaly was detected can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventors: Vitaly Filimonov, Panagiotis Periorellis, Dmitry Starostin, Alexandre de Baynast, Eldar Akchurin, Aleksandr Klimov, Thomas Minka, Alexander Spengler
  • Patent number: 9652420
    Abstract: A standardized 802.11 hardware control interface may be provided such that a driver may communicate with any one or more of a variety of network adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jiandong Ruan, Thomas W. Kuehnel
  • Patent number: 9652440
    Abstract: A computing system concurrently executes a builder thread and a reader thread. The builder thread modifies a document by modifying an active representation of the document. The reader thread perform operations regarding the document using a non-active representation of the document. The active representation of the document and the non-active representation of the document are stored in a memory of the computing system. The active representation of the document and the non-active representation of the document do not include different copies in the memory of the same data. When reading data in the non-active representation of the document, logical consistency is ensured without locking any data in the non-active representation of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. Parker
  • Patent number: 9652469
    Abstract: A cluster based file service may operate on a cluster of two or more independent devices that have access to a common data storage. The file service may have a namespace definition with each device in the cluster, but may be modified by any device operating the file service. Each instance of the file service may identify and capture a command that changes the namespace structure and cause the change to be propagated to the other members of cluster. If one of the devices in the cluster does not successfully perform an update to the namespace structure, that device may be brought offline. The cluster based file service may permit adding or removing devices from the cluster while the file service is operating, and may provide a high throughput and high availability file service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Andrea D'Amato, Alan Warwick, Vladimir Petter, Henry Aloysius
  • Patent number: 9652506
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to techniques for providing data experience(s) via disparate semantic annotations based on a respective user scenario. An annotation component can synthesize semantic information for respective data types of data set(s), associate the semantic information with the respective data types to obtain respective data annotations, and in response to receiving a query from a client, send at least a portion of the respective data annotations to the client. Further, a data aggregation component can aggregate the respective data annotations and at least a portion of the data set(s). Other embodiments relate to performing, via an application, operations utilizing a data type based on respective semantic annotations associated with the data type. Yet other embodiments relate to receiving external data annotation(s) and associating the external data annotation(s) with portion(s) of the respective data types to derive portion(s) of the respective semantic annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alex James, Michael Pizzo, Pablo Castro, Mike Flasko, Lance Olson, Jason Clark, Sid Jayadevan
  • Patent number: 9652500
    Abstract: The assessing of collaboration time includes the extraction of collaboration data from collaborators and storing the collaboration data as a dataset. Attributes for each of the collaborators is defined, and a group of collaborators is defined by filtering based on the attributes. For the dataset, collaboration time is assigned for each member of the group using the collaboration data. Data from certain activities by collaborators are mined as representative of the collaboration activities, and in combination with organizational structure data, time is allocated between people, teams, and companies for the purpose of assessing organizational productivity and effectiveness. No manual data gathering or imposition on collaborators to provided data is required. Real data for the collaborative activities are used, instead of self-reported data. This provides a more granular picture of how time is allocated to relationships and activities than could be gathered manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Grus, Tim Crain, Sunil Sayala, Ryan Fuller
  • Patent number: 9652545
    Abstract: A set of user interfaces is provided to an administrator of a website. The user interfaces enable the administrator to configure search functionality of the website to present different types of search results differently. For instance, the administrator can use the user interfaces to configure the search functionality to present different properties for search results belonging to different result types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Keller Smith, Jonathan Thomas Campbell, Zhenguang Chen, Arun Krishnamoorthy, Boxin Li, Charles Reeves Little, II, Viktoriya Taranov, Brian William Timm, Andrew Joseph Violino
  • Patent number: 9652537
    Abstract: Computer-readable media and computerized methods are provided for identifying terms associated with one or more queries, including aspects directed to manipulating a list of terms associated with a query class by extracting terms, identifying equivalences or relevant terms, and condensing or expanding the list of terms. In embodiments, synonymous terms can be identified. An updated list of terms can be written to a storage location in association with a query or query class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sanaz Ahari, Xiaoxin Yin, Farid Hosseini, Sarthak Shah, Adam Troy, Dan Fain, Brian MacDonald, Nikhil Dandekar, Michael Cameron
  • Patent number: 9652543
    Abstract: Auxiliary content provided in addition to search results is selected and presented to aid the user in completing tasks and increasing user interaction performance. Auxiliary content is processed utilizing existing search engine categorization and identification mechanisms, thereby facilitating the determination of similarities between the auxiliary content and indexed content that is identified as being responsive to a search query. At least some of the search results identified as being responsive to the search query are compared to auxiliary content to identify similarities, including visual similarities. Similar auxiliary content are selected to aid the user in completing tasks, and such selected auxiliary content is provided with the search results, including in a visually distinct or separated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: W. Earl Greathouse, Meenaz Merchant, Shannon Westphal, Patrick Haluptzok
  • Patent number: 9652892
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to creating a virtual shadow of an object in an image displayed with a see-through display are provided. In one embodiment, an image of a virtual object may be displayed with the see-through display. The virtual object may appear in front of a real-world background when viewed through the see-through display. A relative brightness of the real-world background around a virtual shadow of the virtual object may be increased when viewed through the see-through display. The virtual shadow may appear to result from a spotlight that is fixed relative to a vantage point of the see-through display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Ron Amador-Leon, Nicholas Gervase Fajt, Ryan Hastings, Matthew G. Kaplan, Michael Scavezze, Daniel McCulloch
  • Patent number: 9652614
    Abstract: Technologies for an application reputation service to assist users with minimizing their computerized machines' exposure to and infection from malware, including an application reputation service that contains the reputations for elements (e.g., applications) that are known to be non-malicious as well as those known to be malicious. In one example, when a user attempts to install or execute a new application, the service is queried by the user's machine with a set of identities for the element. The service determines the reputation of the application by referencing a knowledge base of known reputations and returns an indication (e.g., an overall rating, or a flag) of how safe that application would be to install and run on the user's computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Geoff Hulten, Paul Steve Rehfuss, Ron Franczyk, Christopher A. Meek, John Scarrow, Andrew Newman