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  • Publication number: 20190058660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for filtering and routing event notifications to subscribers are disclosed. In an example embodiment, events from a publisher may be received. Each of the events may be associated with a topic, and the topic may be compared with topics present in broker metadata cache, based on one of prefixes and a fast lookup technique using a hash-table. Further, it may be determined whether the topic associated the events is present in the broker metadata cache based on comparison. Based upon determining, matching nodes for the events may be retrieved. Further, the events may be routed based on routing tables and availability of the matching nodes. Based on the routing, the events may be forwarded to the subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar M. Ruiz-Meraz, Clemens F. Vasters, David L. Stucki, Hillary Caituiro Monge, Hitesh Madan, Jayaraman Kalyana Sundaram, PadmaPriya Aradhyula Bhavani, Venkata Raja Gopal Ravipati
  • Publication number: 20190058859
    Abstract: Techniques involving localized depth map generation, the techniques including receiving pixel data for a frame captured by an image sensor, the pixel data including at least one light intensity value, corresponding to an amount of light received by the image sensor during a frame period, for each of a plurality of pixels; identifying a subset of the pixels as being associated with a physical object detected based on at least the pixel data; selecting a region of the frame, the region corresponding to at least the subset of the pixels; and selectively generating a localized depth map for the frame period corresponding to the selected region. A portion of the frame outside of the selected region is not associated with a depth map generated for the frame period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk PRICE, Michael BLEYER, Denis Claude Pierre DEMANDOLX
  • Publication number: 20190057671
    Abstract: A system for modifying a user interface in a multi-display device environment described herein can include a processor and a memory storing instructions that cause the processor to detect a number of display screens coupled to the system. The plurality of instructions can also cause the processor to split an image to generate sub-images based on the number of display screens and a bezel size corresponding to each of the display screens, the sub-images to exclude portions of the image corresponding to the bezel size of each of the display screens. Additionally, the plurality of instructions can cause the processor to resize each of the sub-images based on a display size of each of the display screens and display the image by transmitting the sub-images to the display screens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthias BAER, Bryan K. MAMARIL, Kyle T. KRAL, Kae-Ling J. GURR, Ryan WHITAKER
  • Publication number: 20190058772
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispatching targeted event notifications to subscribers are disclosed. In an embodiment, the system includes a receiver to receive events from a publisher. The system further comprises a router in communication with the receiver to route the events. The system further comprises a director to forward the targeted event notifications to the subscribers based on the routing. The director receives a delivery status of the targeted event notification from the subscribers. The delivery status includes one of success in receiving the targeted event notification and failure in receiving the targeted event notification. The director receives an event notification with the delivery status as failure in receiving the targeted event notification. The director places the targeted event notification in a delayed queue indicative of events to be delivered after a predefined time. The director re-transmits the targeted event notification to the subscribers based on the delayed queue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar M. Ruiz-Meraz, Clemens F. Vasters, David L. Stucki, Hillary Caituiro Monge, Hitesh Madan, Jayaraman Kalyana Sundaram, PadmaPriya Aradhyula Bhavani, Venkata Raja Gopal Ravipati
  • Publication number: 20190057401
    Abstract: Methods and systems to automatically identify market-agnostic and market-specific search queries are provided. Features of a received search query are analyzed and signaling associated with those features is ranked in terms of its strength in identifying the query as market-agnostic versus market-specific. A relevance score is generated for the received search query based on the feature rankings. The features and relevance score for the search query are used by a binary classifier for classifying and labeling each search query as market-agnostic or market-specific. Thus, search results may be returned and processed for market-agnostic search queries without the need, cost, and inefficiency of processing for every different market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Architha Subramanya, Prateek Tiwari
  • Publication number: 20190058681
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispatching targeted event notifications to subscribers are disclosed. In an example embodiment, a notification indicating creation of an even subscription by a subscriber may be received. An event source may be invoked to enable publishing of events corresponding to an event topic associated with the event subscription. A response from the event source for publishing of the events may be received and targeted event notifications may be forwarded to the subscribers on receiving the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar M. RUIZ-MERAZ, Clemens F. VASTERS, David L. STUCKI, Hillary CAITUIRO MONGE, Hitesh MADAN, Jayaraman KALYANA SUNDARAM, PadmaPriya ARADHYULA BHAVANI, Ventaka Raja Gopal RAVIPATI
  • Publication number: 20190057539
    Abstract: Various approaches to performing non-divergent parallel traversal operations for a bounding volume hierarchy (“BVH”) during ray tracing are presented. For example, a computer system has a processing unit with threads that, collectively, perform ray tracing for a group of rays in parallel in a computer-represented environment, which includes geometric objects (such as triangles) enclosed in the BVH. Each of the threads receives parameters for a given ray and traverses the BVH to determine an intersection, if any, between the given ray and one of the geometric objects. The order of traversal of the BVH is synchronized between threads for the rays of the group, for example, using a cross-group operation such as a ballot operation. In this way, the overall speed of the BVH traversal can be improved in many cases, while avoiding code divergence and data divergence in extra-wide single-instruction, multiple data (“SIMD”) graphics processing unit (“GPU”) architectures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Stanard, Ivan Nevraev
  • Publication number: 20190056599
    Abstract: An eye-tracking system is provided that includes a light source configured to emit at least infrared (IR) light and a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) scanning mirror configured to direct the IR light. The system further includes a relay including at least one prism, and the relay is configured to receive the IR light directed by the MEMS scanning mirror and redirect the IR light. The system further includes a waveguide through which the IR light redirected by the relay passes to reach an eye, and at least one sensor configured to receive the IR light after being reflected by the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dmitry RESHIDKO, Ian Anh NGUYEN, Richard Andrew WALL
  • Publication number: 20190056840
    Abstract: A system for generating proximal menus described herein can include a processor to detect a location of a touch gesture on a display device coupled to the system. The processor can also determine a proximal menu is to be displayed at the location of the touch gesture and populate the proximal menu with at least one feature corresponding to a ring of an operating system. Furthermore, the processor can display the proximal menu with the at least one feature within an executed application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan K. MAMARIL, Matthias BAER, Gregory A. HOWARD, Jonathan M. CAIN, Isaiah NG, Jack B. GERRITS, Kiran KUMAR, Jessica BOURGADE, Michael C. HILSDALE
  • Publication number: 20190057297
    Abstract: Approaches to leveraging knowledge base of groups in mining organizational data. A communication service initiates operation(s) to leverage knowledge base of groups upon detecting a question supplied by a requestor. Contextual information associated with the requestor is determined in relation to the question. Next, a knowledge graph is queried with the question and the contextual information. An answer associated with the question is identified within the knowledge graph. The answer includes a source. Furthermore, the answer and the source is provided to the requestor. Upon receiving to feedback associated with the answer from the requestor, the knowledge graph is modified based on the feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Haroon D. BARRI, Srikrishna GALI, Kiran P. KAJA
  • Publication number: 20190057012
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing computer readable instructions related to transfers of control is disclosed. A state transition of a unit of execution within a logical operation providing an event handler for a Document Object Model is logged during runtime of the computer readable instructions. Diagnostic information of the logical operation is associated with the state transition. The state transition and associated diagnostic information is provided for retrieval at a selected point in the computer readable instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Fanning, Felix Gerard Torquil Ifor Andrew, Daniel J. Moseley, Simon Calvert, Andrew R. Sterland, Timothy Rice, Jeffrey T. Fisher, Robert A. Paveza, Taylor C. Woll, Gregg Miskelly, Harold L. Pierson, III, Christopher Edmonds, Elliot H. Omiya, Karthik Vivek Nadig, Francisco Javier Wong, Zhaochuan Gao, Andriy Stasyuk
  • Publication number: 20190057357
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for scheduling a resource that is shared by multiple people. The shared resource is included in a plurality of shared resources, and a number of attributes are associated with the plurality of shared resources. The attributes are grouped and arranged in a hierarchy. When a shared resource is to be used or scheduled, the hierarchy is analyzed to determine one or more shared resources in the plurality of shared resources to suggest to a requestor scheduling the shared resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hongchao GUAN, Abhishek Kumar CHATURVEDI, Chenlei GUO, Byungki BYUN, Karen Catelyn STABILE
  • Publication number: 20190056858
    Abstract: A system for modifying a user interface described herein can include a processor to detect a plurality of display screens electronically coupled to the system. The processor can also detect a first gesture corresponding to an application window displayed in one of the display screens and generate a preview panel in response to detecting the first gesture, the preview panel to be displayed proximate the application window, wherein the preview panel is to display a real-time image comprising content displayed in each of the display screens. Furthermore, the processor can detect a second gesture to move the application window to a different display screen modify the user interface to display the application window in the different display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthias BAER, Bryan K. MAMARIL, Isaiah NG, Garner B. THOMAS, Cassandra M. APRIL, Richard FANG, Matthew I. WORLEY
  • Publication number: 20190056857
    Abstract: A method for resizing user interfaces described herein can include detecting a reduced format gesture within an application window displayed in an active region of a user interface. The method can also include modifying the user interface to display the application window in a reduced format proximate the reduced format gesture and modifying the user interface to indicate an inactive state for a region of the user interface outside of the application window. Furthermore, the method can include detecting one or more input actions corresponding to the application window and detecting a maximize gesture within the application window. Additionally, the method can include modifying the user interface by resizing the application window to a maximized format and transitioning the region of the user interface outside of the application window from the inactive state to an active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan K. MAMARIL, Jeffrey C. FONG
  • Publication number: 20190057017
    Abstract: A trace of the execution of a program is recorded. This program trace includes various information regarding each instruction of the program that is executed, such as the values or locations of any inputs to the instruction, the values or locations of any outputs by the instruction, and so forth. After execution of the program completes, an execution analysis system analyzes the program trace and can perform various different tasks. One such task that the execution analysis system can perform is automatically identifying potential concurrency problems with the program resulting from asynchronous execution of threads of the program. Another such task that the execution analysis system can perform is reordering the information in the program trace so that a linear view of the information can be displayed in accordance with the order of the code in the program rather than the order in which the asynchronous threads were executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jordi MOLA
  • Publication number: 20190057144
    Abstract: The described implementations relate to processing of electronic data. One implementation is manifest as a technique that can include obtaining a relational query that references one or more data items and associating progress intervals with the data items. The technique can also include converting the relational query into a corresponding streaming query, and providing the streaming query and the data items with the progress intervals to a stream engine that produces incremental results of the query. For example, the progress intervals can be based on row numbers of a relational database table. The progress intervals can be used to define event lifetimes of streaming events that are provided as inputs to the stream engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Danyel A. Fisher, Steven M. Drucker, Jonathan D. Goldstein, Badrish Chandramouli, Robert A. DeLine, John C. Platt, Mike Barnett
  • Publication number: 20190056978
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing targeted event notifications to subscribers are disclosed. In an example embodiment, events may be received from a publisher. The events may be categorized into a plurality of topics. The events may be distributed among brokers to process a topic selected from the plurality of topics based on the events. Further, it may be determined whether the topic exists in a list of topics handled by the brokers. Authentication credentials of the publisher may be validated, based on the determination. Based on the validation, queues of the events may be formed based on an order of receipt of the events. The events present in the queues may be filtered based on subscriptions of the events. For the fileted events, targeted even notifications may be forwarded to the subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar M. RUIZ-MERAZ, Clemens F. VASTERS, David L. STUCKI, Hillary CAITUIRO MONGE, Hitesh MADAN, Jayaraman KALYANA SUNDARAM, PadmaPriya ARADHYULA BHAVANI, Venkata Raja Gopal RAVIPATI
  • Publication number: 20190057286
    Abstract: Technologies are provided for automated crime scene analysis using machine learning. Firearm models, types, or even specific firearms may be automatically detected from captured audio files or continuous audio streams (e.g., recording microphones) using machine learning techniques. The detection may also be based on (or enhanced by) captured still images or video files/streams. Further information such as crime scene layout, wound types and locations, and similar information may be provided to the analysis service through manual input or automated capture (e.g., through analysis of image/video data). A number of firearms used in the commission of the crime may also be detected. Specific firearm types may be associated with specific crime types. Similar techniques may also be used to detect and classify types and quantity of explosive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Muiris WOULFE, Andreas BALZER
  • Patent number: 10207183
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods concern establishing, maintaining, managing, or terminating communications between an access point and a client in a wireless network used by a shared, wireless gaming system. An example apparatus may include a first logic configured to control timing for the protocol and a second logic configured to control message exchange for the protocol. Controlling timing and message exchange facilitates reducing contention in the wireless gaming environment. Contention may lead to latency. A user gaming experience may depend on reducing latency. Therefore, reducing latency may produce an improved gaming experience. Controlling timing and message exchange also facilitates reducing power consumption by clients (e.g., accessories, controllers), which in turn facilitates improving battery life for clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Russo, Ranveer Chandra, Hang Yu
  • Patent number: 10209520
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for controlling an amount of ambient light transmitted to the eye of a wearer through an NED device. A passive component such as a photochromic coating may be applied to a visor of the NED device to block light. An active component may be included to augment the light dimming capabilities of the passive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Cynthia S. Bell
  • Patent number: 10206618
    Abstract: A sleep application running on a computing platform such as a server utilizes sleep data from a remote system that monitors a user's sleep behaviors and transforms the data to populate graphs of sleep sessions over various calendar periods (e.g., by week, by month) and render them on a user interface (UI) that is exposed to remote devices such as personal computers (PCs), tablets, multimedia consoles, and smartphones over a network. The sleep sessions are optimized for visibility on the remote devices by dynamically adjusting the range of the time axis of a graph so that a maximum number of sleep sessions over a calendar period may be graphed continuously over the range without breaks (which can impair visibility and reduce comprehension).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Vuong, Sarthak Datt, Katherine W. Osborne, Maria Isabel Ancona, Nazia Zaman
  • Patent number: 10210171
    Abstract: A scalable eventual consistency system. The system uses logical document journaling to provide eventual consistency across partitions in a large-scale service. The system allows for transactional edits to massively interconnected graphs of documents through parallelization without sacrificing linear scalability. The system separates the authority for edits from the replicated storage allowing efficient transactions and linear scalability. All document writes are written to document-specific partitions in a journal where they are queued until the changes are propagated to view-based partitions of a store. By continually checking the journal and attempting to replicate any pending document writes to the store, the system provides eventual consistency without complicated synchronization mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Adam Outcalt, Tarkan Sevilmis, Arshish Kapadia, Ryan Yandle
  • Patent number: 10209880
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a travel log for manipulation of content. In at least some embodiments, the travel log can be presented as a visual element of a web browser and can enable a user to navigate through visited content (e.g., web pages) via manipulation of the content using touch-based and/or touchless gestures. Implementations can facilitate navigation through content by representing the travel log as a visual “time line” of visited content that can be scrolled via manipulation through a web browser user interface. For example, a user can navigate the travel log to older content by manipulating the travel log in one direction, and can navigate the travel log to newer content by manipulating the travel log in a different direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Patten, Paul Armistead Hoover, John Wesley Terrell, Nicholas R. Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10209847
    Abstract: A method of facilitating customization of a software-implemented business process includes storing, within a mobile computing device, a subscription list of entities. The subscription list is defined by subscription metadata. Customized data is received. The customized data corresponds to the entities identified in the subscription list. The received customized metadata is stored on the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tanya L. Swartz, Dmitry V. Zhiyanov, Girish Premchandran, Gagan Chopra, Arif Kureshy, Ahmad Mahdi El Husseini, Jayadev Pillai, Misha H. St. Lorant
  • Patent number: 10209360
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technique to use only two phase captures per frequency capture to perform calculations to generate a depth frame (i.e. a total of 4 captures/depth frame). By using only two phase captures, a depth sensing system can reduce power consumption in the phase-ToF sensor, system memory bandwidth, and processor computation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk Price, Michael Bleyer, Denis Demandolx, Jian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10209745
    Abstract: An input device is described. The input device may include at least four key caps of a keyset and a keyboard cover surrounding the at least four key caps. Each key cap of the at least four key caps may be separated by at least one gap. The at least one gap may be between 0.075 mm and 0.525 mm. A method of manufacturing an input device is described. The method may include measuring at least four keycaps in a keyset. Each key cap of the at least four key caps may be separated on a side from a keyboard cover by a gap. The method may include cutting a substrate to fit between the at least four keycaps in the keyset such that the gap of each of the at least four keys is between 0.075 mm and 0.525 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Travis Evans, Bernard Maurice Schultz, III, Ian Howe Lewis, Lars Tuborg Jensen, John Charles Meyer
  • Patent number: 10209801
    Abstract: A bendable device is provided. The device comprises: a body comprising a bending region and a flexible display stack comprising at least one active layer and a supporting layer positioned on the bottom of the flexible display stack. The supporting layer of the flexible display stack comprises one or more fastening areas; the body comprises one or more fastening components; and one or more fastening components of the body are configured to be operable in a movable connection with one or more fastening areas of the flexible display stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Esa Määttä, Lassi Hyvönen, Jussi Ropo, Vicente Calvo Alonso, Catalin Gheorghiu
  • Patent number: 10210591
    Abstract: To optimize the compilation of shaders for execution within an application, a computer system discovers the context in which the shaders are executed. The application is compiled and executed on a target platform. Snapshots of the application during execution are captured. A snapshot includes data and commands passed between the central processing unit and the graphics processing unit of the target platform to generate a single frame of graphics data. The shaders used in these snapshots are identified. These shaders are compiled with a number of different permutations of available compiler options, resulting in sets of differently compiled shaders. The snapshot is re-executed with the sets of differently compiled shaders, and performance is measured. The set of compiler options that results in compiled shaders providing better performance can be used as the set of compilation parameters for the set of shaders for this application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Nevraev, Cole Brooking, J. Andrew Goossen, Eric Christoffersen, Jason Strayer
  • Patent number: 10209899
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to off-loading aspects of storage virtualization to storage hardware and modifying software to take advantage of hardware virtualization features. A co-design of hardware and software allows a filesystem to provide files such that indirection overhead normally needed to access the content of files can be bypassed while still managing the files as filesystem objects. A storage device manages and exposes a virtual volume which is used to store the content of a file. Virtual volumes can be initialized or populated so that virtual blocks therein align with device storage blocks. A virtual volume can be initialized and populated by parsing a virtual disk file to access virtual disk metadata, which is then used to determine and set features of the virtual volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Oshins, Neal Christiansen
  • Patent number: 10210184
    Abstract: A method and system for utilizing metadata to search for media, such as multimedia and streaming media, includes searching for the media, receiving results, extracting metadata associated with the media, enhancing the extracted metadata, and grouping the search results in accordance with attributes of the enhanced metadata. Enhancing and grouping include adding related metadata to the database of metadata, iteratively using metadata to search for more media related data, removing duplicate URLs, collapsing URLs that are variants of each other, and masking out superfluous terms from URLs. The resultant metadata and media files are available to users and search engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aram Christian Abajian, Robin Andrew Alexander, Scott Chao-Chueh Lee, Austin David Dahl, John Anthony Derosa, Charles A. Porter, Eric Carl Rehm, Jennifer Lynn Kolar, Srinivasan Sudanagunta
  • Patent number: 10209834
    Abstract: A display with integrated self-capacitance sensors comprises a sensor electrode and a guard layer in the display stack. Touch displays combine internally elements required for the display function and the touch sensing function. In an embodiment, the common voltage layer, VCOM layer, is used as the guard layer and another layer on top of the common voltage layer, for example a color filter layer, is used as the electrode array layer. The functionality of the common voltage layer is alternated between the touch sensing function and the display function. Either function may be used while the other function is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Pasi Pylvas
  • Patent number: 10210483
    Abstract: A user creates appointments by selecting dates on a displayed calendar. A pattern may be automatically detected in response to the user selecting calendar dates on the calendar. For example, a pattern may automatically be detected when a user selects two Mondays in a row when selecting appointment dates. In response to automatically detecting a pattern, a list of recurring appointments is automatically created. The automatically created appointments may be shown on the calendar. The automatically created appointments may also be shown in a list of an appointment user interface. A user may interact with the appointments in the appointment user interface. For example, a user may select one of the displayed appointments from the list and change appointment information related to the selected appointment. A start date and an end date may also be specified using the appointment user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jenny Liu, Jackson Thompson, Protik Hossain, Choon-mun Hooi, Brian Tsang, Jonathan Cadiz
  • Patent number: 10209785
    Abstract: Modifying a tether linked to a cursor based on depth volatility of the cursor is disclosed. Multiple displays show a three-dimensional image that seems to be at the same real world location regardless of the location of the display. One person operates a cursor in the three-dimensional image. Volatility of depth of the cursor from the viewpoint of the cursor operator is tracked. The appearance of the tether is changed in other displays in response to the depth volatility. The tether may include a line from the cursor towards the cursor operator. The tether is not necessarily displayed all of the time so as to not obscure the view of the three-dimensional image. When there is not any depth volatility for some time, the tether is not displayed. In response to high depth volatility, the tether may be displayed as a long line from the cursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Burns
  • Patent number: 10212121
    Abstract: Techniques for intelligent scheduling of content sharing by company employees via an online social networking service are described. According to various embodiments, a request is received from a member of an online social networking service to share a content item among members in the member's connection network on the online social networking service. Member behavior log data associated with the members in the connection network of the member is then accessed. Thereafter, an optimum sharing time for sharing the content item among the members in the member's connection network is calculated. The content item is then caused to be shared at the optimum sharing time with the members in the member's connection network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Pan, Nicholas David Snyder, William Jayang Sun
  • Patent number: 10209849
    Abstract: Aspects of a system for automatically managing a pane in a user interface on a small form factor computing device include an adaptive pane module for determining when an event that affects the canvas size occurs, such as changing the display configuration or reorienting the display, which in turn affects pane management, or the opening or closing of a pane. The adaptive pane module manages the pane. After managing the pane, the system resizes the canvas and reflows the content as appropriate for a small form factor computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Kaufthal, Charles Scott Walker, Travis Spomer, Edward Augustus Layne, Jr., Taili Feng, Julie Christa Seto
  • Patent number: 10211975
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards secure computations of encrypted data over a network. In response to user desired security settings with respect to the encrypted data, software/hardware library components automatically select parameter data for configuring a fully homomorphic encryption scheme to secure the encrypted data items while executing a set of computational operations. A client initiates the set of computational operations via the library components and if requested, receives secure computation results in return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob J Loftus, Michael Naehrig, Joppe Willem Bos, Kristin Estella Lauter
  • Patent number: 10209907
    Abstract: Representative embodiments disclose how to remove spilled data from an unauthorized system and/or service in a cloud service. Some embodiments allow a user to remove spilled data in a secure fashion without involving an administrator. Spilled data resides in a data structure backed by allocated storage locations. The system presents a user interface allowing a user to enter information that allows identification of the allocated storage locations. The spilled data is removed from the data structure leaving whitespace in the allocated storage locations where remnants of the spilled data can reside. The system creates a copy of the data structure, removing the whitespace. The system connects the copy of the data structure in place of the original data structure. The original allocated storage locations are then overwritten in a secure manner to remove any remnants of the spilled data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Naismith DeFilippi, Joel D. Tipke, Michael Ernest Bailey, Charles Clayton Gardner, Grant D. Goodall
  • Patent number: 10209726
    Abstract: Secure voltage adjustment techniques for computing systems and processing devices are presented herein. In one example, a method of controlling operating voltages for a processing device includes initializing a security portion of the processing device after application of input voltages to the processing device as supplied by voltage regulation circuitry according to voltage identifiers (VIDs) established for the processing device. The method includes, in the security portion, generating adjusted input voltages based on at least the VIDs and authenticated voltage offset information stored according to a digitally signed security process, and instructing the voltage regulation circuitry to supply the adjusted input voltages to the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William Paul Hovis, Garrett Douglas Blankenburg, Peter Anthony Atkinson, Robert James Ray, Andres Felipe Hernandez Mojica, Samy Boshra-Riad, Erng-Sing Wee, Brian Keith Langendorf
  • Patent number: 10209954
    Abstract: Input access may be provided. A user interface may be displayed on a user device. Upon receiving a selection of at least one element of the user interface, a plurality of input receiving modes of the user device may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Sullivan, Lisa Stifelman, Adam Elman, Ken Thai
  • Patent number: 10212241
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing network service usage is provided. In example embodiments, model users of the network service are identified using a number of target events and in-scope events. Users of the network service generate interaction data by interacting with the network service. The interaction data of the identified model users can be compared to the interaction data of the non-model users without exposing the interaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Steven Tague, Saghar Boukani, Alvin Kan, Nicholas Paul Carroll, Michael Mario Jennings
  • Patent number: 10210383
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is described herein that receives captured stroke information when a user enters handwritten notes using an input capture device. The technique then automatically performs analysis on the captured stroke information to produce output analysis information. Based on the output analysis information, the technique uses an assistant component to identify a response to the captured stroke information and/or to identify an action to be performed. The technique then presents the response, together with the original captured stroke information. In addition, or alternatively, the technique performs the action. In one case, the response is a text-based response; that text-based response may be presented in a freeform handwriting style to give the user the impression that a virtual assistant is responding to the user's own note. In another case, the response engages the user in an interactive exercise of any type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Nathaniel E. B. Auer, Lee Dicks Clark, Katsumi Take, Nicole Lee
  • Patent number: 10212326
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing notifications for camera resource availability may include receiving requests from a plurality of applications for control of a camera resource. The methods and devices may include providing control of the camera resource to a selected application from the plurality of applications when another application does not have control of the camera resource. The methods and devices may include sending a control notification to one or more applications, including at least one of the plurality of applications indicating that the selected application has control of the camera resource. The methods and devices may include sending an availability notification to the one or more applications, including the at least one of the plurality of applications indicating that the selected application has released the control of the camera resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jenny Y. Leung, Trevor Baron, Maria C. Lei, Vishal Jain, Mei L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10210382
    Abstract: Techniques for human body pose estimation are disclosed herein. Depth map images from a depth camera may be processed to calculate a probability that each pixel of the depth map is associated with one or more segments or body parts of a body. Body parts may then be constructed of the pixels and processed to define joints or nodes of those body parts. The nodes or joints may be provided to a system which may construct a model of the body from the various nodes or joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Daniel Joseph Shotton, Andrew William Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 10212414
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for dynamic realignment of stereoscopic digital content is described herein. A computing device causes display of stereoscopic digital content, which includes one or more left images rendered for a left eye of a viewer and one or more right images rendered for a right eye of the viewer. An alignment pattern is generated within the stereoscopic digital content such that the alignment pattern is within the field of view of the viewer. The alignment pattern is designed to exploit the human vision system in order to avoid detection of the alignment pattern by the viewer. One or more cameras are controlled to detect the alignment pattern in the digital content. Then, the digital content is realigned by adjusting at least one of the left or right images of the digital content based on the detected alignment patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Kilgour Juenger
  • Patent number: 10210456
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to estimating predictive accuracy gain of a potential feature added to a set of features, wherein an existing predictor is trained on the set of features. Outputs of the existing predictor for instances in a dataset can be retrieved from a data store. Moreover, a predictive accuracy gain estimate of a potential feature added to the set of features can be measured as a function of the outputs of the existing predictor for the instances in the dataset. The predictive accuracy gain estimate can be measured without training an updated predictor on the set of features augmented by the potential feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Bilenko, Hoyt Adam Koepke
  • Patent number: 10212056
    Abstract: A graphical user interface system that visually represents a graph node having multiple input ports, and that automatically adjusts the number of input ports to the graph node as open input ports are connected to upstream graph node(s) and/or as used input ports are disconnected from upstream graph node(s). Upon detecting that a set of one or more input ports has just been connected to one or more upstream graph nodes, the system may automatically add one or more additional input ports to the visual representation of the graph node without explicit user instruction. Upon detecting that a set of one or more of the input ports has just been disconnected from one or more upstream graph nodes, the system may automatically remove the determined one or more input ports from the visual representation of the graph node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Morgan, Harminder Singh, Damon Robert Hachmeister, Anthony Christopher Karloff
  • Patent number: 10210269
    Abstract: In an example, a granularity of location similarity is determined, wherein the granularity of location similarity is a level at which social networking data should be filtered to identify locations similar to a target location. Then a weighted graph of locations at the granularity of location similarity is constructed, wherein each node in the weighted graph is a location and a directed edge exists in the weighted graph between a first node and a second node if the social networking data, at the granularity of location similarity, indicates that a transition occurred wherein a member who resided at a location corresponding to the first node transitioned to reside to a location corresponding to the second node. The weighted graph of locations is traversed from a node corresponding to the target location in order to identify locations similar to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnaram Kenthapadi, Stuart MacDonald Ambler
  • Patent number: 10212428
    Abstract: Improved video compression and video streaming systems and methods are disclosed for environments where camera motion is common, such as cameras incorporated into head-mounted displays. This is accomplished by combining a 3D representation of the shape of the user's environment (walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, etc.), image data, and data representative of changes in the location and orientation (pose) of the camera between successive image frames, thereby reducing data bandwidth needed to send streaming video in the presence of camera motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Forrest Power Trepte
  • Patent number: 10210463
    Abstract: Automatically detecting and anticipating that an additional machine learning experiment may be needed. A method includes after successfully running a first experiment workflow, automatically prompting a user that an additional experiment workflow may be needed based on specific criteria associated with the first experiment workflow. The method further includes receiving input from the user confirming the additional experiment workflow. As a result of receiving input from the user confirming the additional experiment workflow, the method further includes the system automatically reconfiguring the first experiment workflow, including automatically identifying all necessary modules for the additional experiment workflow and connecting them properly to perform the intended second experiment workflow. The method further includes displaying to the user the first experimental workflow transitioning from the first experiment workflow to the additional experiment workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Pedro Ardila, Christina Storm, Mohan Krishna Bulusu, Raymond Ramin Laghaeian
  • Patent number: 10212029
    Abstract: Techniques for provisioning cloud services in cloud computing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method can include providing a user portal configured to communicate with a deployment application configured by a user for provisioning cloud services in the cloud computing system. The method can also include receiving a notification from the user-configured deployment application that a provisioning process is initiated for a cloud service in the cloud computing system. In response to receiving the notification, the method can include assigning a distinct provisioning identifier to the initiated provisioning process associated with the notification and causing an output field associated with the distinct provisioning identifier to be displayed on the user portal. Subsequently, messages of status updates can be forwarded to the status display according to the assigned distinct provisioning identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alaa Shaker, Brad Olenick, Steve Sanderson, Nick Harris