Microsoft Patents

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  • Patent number: 10104642
    Abstract: Broadcasts from beacon devices each of which is disposed in a known different physical location within a venue are controlled. Scheduling information for events scheduled to take place at the venue may be collected from calendar management sources and analyzed. Notification of an emergent event associated with the venue or its geographic location may also be received from emergent event notification sources and analyzed. The result of these analyses and the knowledge of the physical location of each of the beacon devices are used to generate a set of broadcast rules for each of the beacon devices, where these rules specify one or more beacon signals to be periodically broadcast by the beacon device and the timing by which these signals are to be broadcast. For each of the beacon devices, the set of broadcast rules for the beacon device is downloaded to the beacon device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Brennan, Nicholas H. Wrem, David Michael Gray, Hubert Van Hoof, Igor V. Grebnev
  • Patent number: 10104419
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a contextual remote control interface, which is a companion application that allows a user to use a companion device to control experiences generated by an application running on a primary device. Web browsers, games, and streaming media applications are examples of applications running on a primary device that may be controlled using the companion device. Interfaces associated with each of the media applications on the primary device may be displayed on a television or other device coupled to the primary device. A unique set of virtual controls are included in the remote control interface for each application and may be tailored to the current state of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross David Heeter, Jason Robert Tuck, Cyrus Kanga
  • Patent number: 10099382
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for providing a mixed environment display of robotic actions. In some configurations, techniques disclosed herein can execute a set of instructions or run a simulation of the set of instructions to generate model data defining actions of a robot based on a set of instructions. Using the model data, one or more computing devices may generate graphical data comprising a graphical representation of the robot performing tasks or actions based on an execution of the instructions. The graphical data can be in form of an animation showing a robots actions, which may include movement of the robot and the robot's interaction with other objects. Graphical elements showing the status of the robot or graphical representations of the instructions may be included in the graphical data. The graphical data may be displayed on an interface or communicated to one or more computers for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Hill, Alan M. Jones, Jeffrey J. Evertt, Richard C. Roesler, Emiko V. Charbonneau, Andrew William Jean
  • Patent number: 10104415
    Abstract: A user device within a communication architecture, the user device comprising: an image capture device configured to determine image data for the creation of a video channel defining the shared scene; an intrinsic/extrinsic data determiner configured to determine intrinsic/extrinsic capture device data associated with the image capture device; and a video encoder configured to encode the image data and intrinsic/extrinsic capture device data within the video channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ming-Chieh Lee, Mei-Hsuan Lu, Robert Aichner, Ryan S. Menezes, Abhishek Abhishek, Bofan Hsu, Ermin Kozica
  • Patent number: 10104677
    Abstract: A first base station operates as an auxiliary receiver to intercept portions of a data stream as one or more code shortened portions of the data stream, where a source device is sending the data stream on the uplink to a second base station. The data stream sent from the source device may be addressed to a destination device and may comprise code words. Upon intercepting the one or more code shortened portions of the data stream, the first base station may send the intercepted one or more code shortened portions of the data stream onward through a network to the destination device. The destination device may then use data redundancy provided by the intercepted one or more code shortened portions of the data stream and the original data stream for enhanced decoding of redundant portions of the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Amer Hassan
  • Patent number: 10102678
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes receiving an instruction to generate a virtual place-located anchor at a virtual location that is world-locked. Data items from a target data source are received. A subset of the data items is linked to the virtual place-located anchor. A first display device is caused to display virtual content of the subset of data items at the virtual place-located anchor. If a condition under which a second user is authorized to view the virtual content is satisfied, a second display device is caused to display the virtual content at the virtual place-located anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Anatolie Gavriliuc, Dan Osborn, Stephen Heijster, Hongwu Huai
  • Patent number: 10102194
    Abstract: Described herein is a method of web browser enabled annotation sharing comprising receiving information associated with the annotation, creating an anchored annotation based upon the received information associated with the annotation; and storing the anchored annotation. Further described herein is a method of retrieving an anchored annotation comprising receiving a request for an anchored annotation associated with particular content, retrieving anchored annotations associated with the particular content, filtering the retrieved anchored annotations; and, providing the filtered retrieved anchored annotations (e.g., to user(s) viewing the same content).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Arindam Biswas, Saloni Agarwal, Gowthami Chegu, Bibhu Choudhary, Rahul Razdan, Arif Alam Siddique
  • Patent number: 10103574
    Abstract: Technology for concurrently powering equipment from multiple power sources, and the control thereof is disclosed. One example implementation of the technology includes a first power supply that powers equipment from a first power source and a second power supply that also powers the equipment from a second power source while the equipment is being powered by the first power supply. A target direct current (DC) output voltage of at least one of the power supplies is changed, thereby changing a ratio of the power being drawn from the first power supply to the power being drawn from the second power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Siegler, Brian A. Janous, Sean M. James
  • Patent number: 10101828
    Abstract: A stylus that receives a signal transmitted by a digitizer and processes the received signal to control a state of the stylus is described. In implementations, a detector circuit in the stylus detects a signal emitted from a transmitter of the digitizer and toggles a state of the stylus between multiple states supported by the stylus. In implementations, the state of the stylus toggles between the multiple states in dependence upon a peak voltage associated with the detected signal. The stylus can also or instead be implemented to toggle a state of the stylus between the multiple states in dependence upon a relative proximity of the stylus to a digitizer. Different battery usage and conservation modes can be implemented in dependence upon a state of the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Ron Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10101773
    Abstract: A method of covering a device includes splitting a sheet of non-woven material between a cosmetic surface of the non-woven material and a non-cosmetic surface of the non-woven material. This produces two sheets—a cosmetic sheet of the non-woven material including the cosmetic surface and a first split surface opposite the cosmetic surface, and a non-cosmetic sheet of the non-woven material including the non-cosmetic surface and a second split surface opposite the non-cosmetic surface. The method further includes applying an at least partially transparent coating to the non-cosmetic surface of the non-cosmetic sheet. The first split surface of the cosmetic sheet is affixed to a first portion of the device, and the second split surface of the non-cosmetic sheet is affixed to a second portion of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Rosen, Rachael Sara Bell, James Alec Ishihara, Katherine Bailey
  • Patent number: 10102102
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for characterizing performance of a device based on user-perceivable latency. To characterize device performance, a value of a metric may be computed from latencies of operations performed by the device. In computing a value of a metric, latencies may be treated differently, such that some latencies perceivable by a user of the device may have a greater impact on the value of the metric than other latencies that either are not perceivable or are perceived by the user to a lesser degree. Such a performance metric based on user-perceivable latency facilitates identification of computing device that provide a desirable user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce L. Worthington, Jason Carl Hendrickson, Robert P. Fitzgerald, Stuart Sechrest, Changjiu Xian, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10101995
    Abstract: Aspects extend to methods, systems, and computer program products for transforming data manipulation code into data workflow. Data manipulation code for a data science process is written in a data manipulation programming language. The data manipulation code defines input instructions, data manipulation instructions, and output instructions. A learning module automatically transforms the data manipulation code into a data workflow representative of the data science process. The level of detail for a data workflow can be tailored for an intended audience and/or for subsequent editing with an editor program (e.g., a drawing program). Aspects of the invention address the disconnection between designing a data science process and documenting the data science process. The creation of data workflows is automated, virtually eliminating manual operations and providing significant productive gains for data scientists, data engineers, developers, and program managers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Nian Hua
  • Patent number: 10104183
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for pairing computing devices using an authentication protocol that allows an initiating computing device to gain access to a secure, encrypted network of a target computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Steven N. Bathiche, Jason Alexander Meistrich, Kenneth Hinckley, Boyd Cannon Multerer, Anthony Cox, Casare John Saretto
  • Patent number: 10102015
    Abstract: A computing device for just-in-time cross-compiling compiled binaries of application programs that utilize graphics processing unit (GPU) executed programs configured to be executed on a first GPU having a first instruction set architecture (ISA), the computing device including a second GPU having a second ISA different from the first ISA of the first GPU, and a processor configured to execute an application program that utilizes a plurality of GPU-executed programs configured to be executed for the first ISA of the first GPU, execute a run-time executable cross-compiler configured to, while the application program is being executed, translate compiled binary of the plurality of GPU-executed programs from the first ISA to the second ISA, and execute the translated plurality of GPU-executed programs on the second GPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Gordon, Eric David Heutchy
  • Patent number: 10102148
    Abstract: A memory is made up of multiple pages, and different pages can have different priority levels. A set of memory pages having at least similar priority levels are identified and compressed into an additional set of memory pages having at least similar priority levels. The additional set of memory pages are classified as being the same type of page as the set of memory pages that was compressed (e.g., as memory pages that can be repurposed). Thus, a particular set of memory pages can be compressed into a different set of memory pages of the same type and corresponding to at least similar priority levels. However, due to the compression, the quantity of memory pages into which the set of memory pages is compressed is reduced, thus increasing the amount of data that can be stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Yevgeniy M. Bak, Mehmet Iyigun, Landy Wang
  • Patent number: 10102017
    Abstract: A computing system in which a software component executing on a platform can reliably and efficiently obtain state information about a component supported by the platform through the use of a shared memory page. State information may be supplied by the platform, but any state translation information needed to map the state information as supplied to a format as used may be provided through the shared page. In a virtualized environment, the state translation information can be used to map the value of a virtual timer counter or other component from a value provided by a virtual processor to a normalized reference time that will yield the same result, regardless of whether the software component is migrated to or from another virtual processor. Use of a shared page avoids the inefficiency of an intercept into a virtualized environment or a system calls in native mode operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shuvabrata Ganguly, Jason S. Wohlgemuth, Allen Marshall
  • Patent number: 10102241
    Abstract: The techniques described herein use statistical reasoning to determine whether a spreadsheet (e.g., cells) includes potential errors. The techniques determine a partition within a spreadsheet where the partition includes cells that share characteristics (e.g., same row or column, same type of content, same formatting, etc.). Once determined, the partition is evaluated based on defined properties. A property is applied to generate property values so that an anomaly can be identified. An anomaly can occur when a cell in the partition has a property value that is inconsistent with other property values of other cells in the same partition (e.g., an intra-partition anomaly). An anomaly can also occur when a cell in the partition has a property value that is inconsistent with property values of cells in a different partition (e.g., an inter-partition anomaly). The techniques analyze the anomalies to determine a priority value indicative of a likelihood of a potential error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Zorn, Emery Berger
  • Patent number: 10102048
    Abstract: A remote procedure call channel for interprocess communication in a managed code environment ensures thread-affinity on both sides of an interprocess communication. Using the channel, calls from a first process to a second process are guaranteed to run on a same thread in a target process. Furthermore, calls from the second process back to the first process will also always execute on the same thread. An interprocess communication manager that allows thread affinity and reentrancy is able to correctly keep track of the logical thread of execution so calls are not blocked in unmanaged hosts. Furthermore, both unmanaged and managed hosts are able to make use of transparent remote call functionality provided by an interprocess communication manager for the managed code environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jackson M. Davis, John A. Shepard
  • Patent number: 10102251
    Abstract: A lockless open collection data structure used to create a sequence of collection records. The sequence of collection records may be inserted into a data stream for purposes of assisting in subsequent processing of the data stream in a parallel manner, by collection. The open collection data structure is re-usable for multiple collections of data items within the data stream. The use of the open collection data structure may occur while a data stream that includes multiple different types of data items is being evaluated. The open collection data structure is used to track an expandable collection definition of a currently open collection. Upon detecting that the collection definition is no longer expandable, the collection record is created based on state within the open collection data structure. Once the collection record for a collection has been created, the open collection data structure becomes available for the next collection record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cristian Diaconu, Christian Damianidis, Arkadi Brjazovski, Rogerio Ramos
  • Patent number: 10102354
    Abstract: An application feature store may be integrated with an application. The feature store may be accessed by a user through a feature storefront hosted within the application. The user may search the feature store for additional desired features available for the augmentation of the productivity application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia D. Wessling, Steven William Macbeth, Danny Lange, Zhaowei (Charlie) Jiang
  • Patent number: 10103768
    Abstract: A casing comprising a flip cover, configured to encase at least a part of a mobile device having a camera, the flip cover comprising an optical filter located to enable image capturing by the camera through the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jussi Virolainen, Juha Ollikainen, Erkki Mikkonen
  • Patent number: 10101870
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is described herein for customizing user experience on a per-user basis. In some implementations, the technique involves: collecting feedback information from a user pertaining to the user's interaction with a program feature; determining a modification to be made to the program feature based on the feedback information; making the modification; notifying the user of the modification; and receiving the user's post-modification assessment of the modification. The technique enables a program provider to quickly modify program features in an automated manner, with no (or reduced) effort by human developers, and at consequent reduced cost. In addition, the technique improves the users' experience with the program features since the program modifications are tailored to each user's preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zohaib Haider Ali, David Lloyd Meyers, Jr., Jun Yan, Craig Edward Thomas, Srinivasa Reddy Manda, Sara Louise Manning Dawson, Kevin C. Clement, Samuele Carpineti, Ankit Goel
  • Patent number: 10102823
    Abstract: Examples described herein generally relate to a display device and computing device where a display is configured for displaying images, a display controller is configured for receiving image data via a display port when coupled to a computing device, and sending signals to the display, based on the image data, to cause the display to display the images, and a memory is accessible by the display controller for storing a resume image received from the computing device. The display controller is further configured for detecting a power on event, accessing the memory to obtain the resume image, and sending signals to the display to cause display of the resume image based at least in part on detecting the power on event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Justin A. Coppin, Paul W. Martin
  • Patent number: 10101920
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are related to systems and methods for attributing disk Input/Output (IO) to one or more system entities. A disk IO attribution context is generated that defines disk IO utilization parameters for a system entity. A pointer is attached to the system entity that points to the disk IO attribution context. The pointer is exposed to system components of an underlying computer system. The pointer prompts the system components to report the disk IO utilization parameters when the system components have performed a disk IO operation for the system entity. The disk IO utilization parameters reported by the one or more system components are recorded in the disk IO attribution context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Iyigun, Yevgeniy M Bak
  • Patent number: 10102829
    Abstract: Display rotation management is described. A device may include sensors disposed within a housing that produce an output usable to determine an orientation of a display device disposed on a surface of the housing. A rotation manager module disposed within the housing may process the output of the sensors to determine the orientation of the display device. The rotation manager module may calculate an average orientation of the display device over a time interval and a variance of the orientation. Based on the variance of the orientation in relation to a threshold amount, the rotation manager module can set a screen orientation of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin P. Paulson
  • Patent number: 10101878
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing a map context of an originating computer user with a plurality of other users is presented. An originating user identifies at least some of a plurality of result cards displayed in conjunction with a map displayed in a browser view with one or more other users. A shared URL is generated according to the map context comprising at least the selected result cards. The shared URL is configured such that navigation by another browser on another computing device according to the shared URL displays the map context in a browser view of the another browser and the selected result cards in conjunction with the map in the browser view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chelsea Nicole Mitchell, Srinivas Kanakapally, Viktor Halitsyn, Ryan Honig, Yekaterina Grabar, Romualdo Impas, Dvir Horovitz, Karl Eberhard Tolgu
  • Patent number: 10102269
    Abstract: A computing device for executing a client application for analytics data access is provided. The computing device includes a processor that is a functional component of the computing device and is configured to execute software instructions to provide at least one client application function. A parsing component is configured to receive at least one data object of the client application and parse the at least one data object to provide an intermediate description of a query. At least one translator component is configured to receive the intermediate description of the query and generate a query string in a target query language. The computing device is configured to transmit the query string in the target query language to a data source for execution of the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Marius Marin
  • Patent number: 10102503
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a global version of a statistical model and a user-specific version of the statistical model for a user. Next, the system applies the global version to member features of the user and job features of a set of jobs to generate a first ranking of the jobs for the user. The system then applies the user-specific version to the member features and the job features for a highest-ranked subset of jobs in the first ranking to generate a second ranking of the jobs for the user. Finally, the system outputs at least a portion of the second ranking as a set of job recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Licensing Technology, LLC
    Inventors: XianXing Zhang, Yitong Zhou, Yiming Ma, Bee-Chung Chen, Liang Zhang, Deepak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10104161
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided that include client-server computing architectures that use minimal download features and functionality as part of page navigation operations, but are not so limited. In an embodiment, a client-server computer system uses a page transition strategy to navigate between electronic pages based in part on script, style, content, and/or other page differences that can be used as part of providing minimal download features and functionality. A method of an embodiment operates to package page incremental rendering information for use in rendering a new electronic page without having to reapply common aspects of the new electronic page and a reference electronic page. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arye Gittelman, Petru Mihai Moldovanu, Sterling John Crockett, Patrick Carl Miller
  • Patent number: 10102288
    Abstract: Techniques for shared writable search results using a writable topic board system are described. An apparatus may include a processor circuit; and a server application for execution by the processor circuit. The server application may include a query processing component to receive a first search query include one or more search terms, a search component to provide search results for the first search query in a search result list, the search results include one or more search result items, and a topic board component to manage a writable topic board for the first search query, the writable topic board to include one or more search result items from a second search query. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Helge Grenager Solheim, Bjorn Olstad
  • Patent number: 10104034
    Abstract: In order to invite individuals to join a social network, telephone contact information of a user of the social network is extracted, with the user's permission, from a phonebook associated with a telephone application on the user's portable electronic device. Then, the extracted telephone contact information is shared across different platforms to the user's desktop computer, and telephone numbers in the extracted telephone contact information are identified. These telephone numbers are associated with other portable electronic devices, and with individuals that are not currently members of the social network. After receiving confirmation of a telephone number from the user (e.g., via the desktop computer), the location of the associated portable electronic device is determined. Based on the telephone number and the location, an invitation to join the social network is conditionally provided to the portable electronic device, via a Short Message Service (SMS) message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Damien Albert Louis Coullon, Brad C. Ciraulo, Joonhyung Lim, Bhavana Chowdary Challa, Da Huo, Yang Zhou, Xin Fu, Barry P. Huang
  • Patent number: 10102243
    Abstract: A relationship amongst multiple relationships between database tables can be specified independent of a query. More specifically, a function (USERELATIONSHIP) can be introduced to the DAX language (Data Analysis Expressions), which provides a way to author formulas that are not evaluated immediately, but that can be evaluated dynamically and concurrently in many different contexts. The function enables a single relationship to be specified in the calculation formula away from the query. This provides a mechanism within the formula that specifies specific relationship(s) that are to be followed when the dynamic expression is evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Dickerman, Vjacheslav Min, Marius Dumitru
  • Patent number: 10104069
    Abstract: Requests for access to Web service resources are evaluated based on the type of request that is received. Requests are not granted unless sufficient proof of authentication is provided to grant that request. An authentication service evaluates one or more factors to determine whether or not to authenticate the client. After being authenticated by the authentication service, proof of authentication is provided to the Web service, which grants access to the Web service resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Craig V. McMurtry, Alexander T. Weinert, Vadim Meleshuk, Mark E. Gabarra
  • Patent number: 10102377
    Abstract: Protecting secured boot secrets while starting an operating system. Embodiments include identifying that a second operating system is to be started to replace a first operating system, and loading code of the second operating system in a protected portion of the system memory. The protected portion of the system memory is then unprotected, and processor state is set to initiate execution of the code of the second operating system, while using one or more secured boot secrets that were stored in the protected portion of the system memory by the first operation system to attest a security status of the second operating system. The portion of the system the memory is re-protected, including preventing access to the portion of the system memory by the second operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alain Gefflaut, Andrey Shedel
  • Patent number: 10104117
    Abstract: A list of electronic mail (e-mail) accounts is extracted from an electronic mail system. A list of electronic mail accounts, with forwarding enabled, are identified as a set of collection accounts. A dropbox account is identified, from the collection accounts, as a destination e-mail account for the forwarded collection accounts. The collection accounts that forward to the dropbox account that has in excess of a threshold number of collection accounts forwarding to it, are identified as malicious e-mail collection accounts and are forwarded to a resolution system, for resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Moreau-Cook, Samuel Terrence Trim, Yuxiang Xu, Aby John
  • Patent number: 10102218
    Abstract: A file system allows a different checksum algorithm to be used for different extents of a file system object independently of other extents of the file system object. The checksum algorithm can be a selectable attribute of an extent or range of extents of a file system object, such that some extents of a file system object can use a first checksum algorithm, while other extents of the file system object can use a second checksum algorithm. An extent of the file system object also may have no associated checksum algorithm. The file system stores, for each extent of a file system object, data indicating a checksum for the extent and an indication of any checksum algorithm used for the extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chesong Lee, Raj Das, Cornel Rat, William Tipton
  • Patent number: 10104071
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to revoking user sessions using signaling. In one scenario, an identity platform operating on a computer system receives an indication indicating that a user's login account has been compromised, where the user's login account has an associated login session and corresponding session artifact that is valid for a specified amount of time. The identity platform generates a signal indicating that the login session is no longer trusted and that the user is to be re-directed to the identity platform to re-authenticate and renew the session artifact and provides the generated signal to various relying parties including at least one relying party that is hosting the login session for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ariel Gordon, Samuel Devasahayam, Lu Zhao, Yordan Rouskov, Parmeshwar Miguel Sequeira Arewar, Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan, Sarat Chandra Subramaniam, Titus Constantin Miron
  • Patent number: 10102824
    Abstract: A computing device, and method thereof, may have a first display. A first user input is received from an input device of the computing device. In response, a task manager is displayed, the task manager having representations of respective objects on the computing device. When a second user input is received via the input device, a target representation is selected according to the second user input and an application window of an application corresponding to the target representation is displayed on the second display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Issa Khoury, William Scott Stauber, Petteri Mikkola, Holger Kuehnle, Ryan Pendlay, Keri Moran
  • Patent number: 10104334
    Abstract: Innovations in rendering of high dynamic range (“HDR”) content are described. A playback system can dynamically and proactively adjust the brightness level of a target display device. In some cases, this can reduce power consumption when rendering HDR content, without any noticeable degradation in quality. For example, the playback system includes decision logic. The decision logic is configured to receive summary information for sample values of a picture of HDR content and determine (based at least in part on the summary information) a brightness level of the target display device. The playback system can send, to the target display device, a control signal that indicates the brightness level of the target display device. A tone mapper can be configured to apply tone mapping to input values for the sample values of the picture of HDR content, according to a tone mapping function, and thereby produce output values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn F. Evans, Mehmet Kucukgoz, Matthew Wozniak
  • Patent number: 10102190
    Abstract: Memory conserving versioning of an electronic document is provided. Client versioning factors are analyzed by a client versioning engine and server versioning factors are analyzed by a server versioning engine for determining when an electronic document should be stored as a new version. Accordingly, new versions of an electronic document are only created when determined to be sufficiently important, thus reducing the amount of memory required for increased version payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventor: Douglas Lane Milvaney
  • Patent number: 10104292
    Abstract: Described herein are methods for creating images with depth of field effects from plural image frames each having different tilt and/or focus properties. Exemplary methods comprise capturing plural image frames and adjusting the tilt axis of the camera and/or focus of the camera in between each shot. The plural image frames can then be combined to create desired depth of field effects, such as bokeh effects. One exemplary method comprises capturing a first image frame of a scene with a primary subject in focus, capturing at least a second image frame of the scene at a different tilt axis and with suitable alternative focus, and combining pixels from at least the first and second image frames based on a predetermined heuristic or algorithm to generate a resultant composite image with the desired depth of field effect (such as with a primary subject in focus and the background out of focus).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Urho Konttori, Mikko Juhola, Eero Tuulos
  • Patent number: 10102208
    Abstract: Apparatus, computer-readable storage media, and methods are disclosed for allowing wireless communication device users to retrieve and view photographs, videos, and other media content using mobile computing platforms for display using a slideshow application. According to one disclosed embodiment, a method of performing a client-side slideshow application on a wireless communication device comprises, based on detecting that that wireless communication device is connected to a charging device, automatically invoking a slideshow application operable to display a series of images using the wireless communication device. The method further comprises transmitting a request for images via the Internet and receiving a series of images selected based at least in part on the request, adding at least one image from the series of images to an image playlist, and displaying at least a portion of the image playlist sequentially using the slideshow application on the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Veronica Y. Law, Kathryn C. Lemson, Lejie Xu
  • Patent number: 10103949
    Abstract: Count tracking in distributed environments is described, for example, as in data centers where many sites receive data and a coordinator node estimates a sum of the data received across the sites. Count tracking may be used in database applications, search engines, social networking applications and others. In various embodiments sites and a coordinator node work together to implement a process for summing data received at sites, where the sum takes into account both increments and decrements. In examples, a site decides whether to notify the coordinator node of a new data item according to a sampling probability that is related to an estimate of the current global sum of the data input across sites. In some examples a multi-mode algorithm is implemented which increases or decreases communication between the sites and the coordinator node according to behavior of the estimated global sum such that communications costs are optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zhenming Liu, Bozidar Radunovic, Milan Vojnovic
  • Publication number: 20180292860
    Abstract: The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices. One example can include a first portion and a second portion that have hinge ends rotatably secured by a hinge assembly. The example can also include a flexible display positioned over the first portion, the hinge assembly, and the second portion. The example can further include a deployable bridge support that is deployed to support the flexible display at the hinge assembly when the first and second portions are rotated from a closed orientation to an open orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kabir SIDDIQUI
  • Publication number: 20180295323
    Abstract: Techniques provided herein apply a precomputed graphical object to one or more images to generate a video that is modified with the precomputed graphical object. Various implementations characterize facial positions on a face in a first image and determine a respective facial position on the face to apply a precomputed graphical object at. One or more implementations modify the first image by applying the precomputed graphical object to the respective facial position in the first image. Some implementations modify one or more images that are captured after the first image by applying the precomputed graphical object to each respective location for the respective facial position in the one or more images. In turn, various implementations generate a video with images that are modified based on the precomputed graphical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Henrik Valdemar Turbell
  • Publication number: 20180293221
    Abstract: A method to execute computer-actionable directives conveyed in human speech comprises: receiving audio data recording speech from one or more speakers; converting the audio data into a linguistic representation of the recorded speech; detecting a target corresponding to the linguistic representation; committing to the data structure language data associated with the detected target and based on the linguistic representation; parsing the data structure to identify one or more of the computer-actionable directives; and submitting the one or more of the computer-actionable directives to the computer for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Han Yee Mimi FUNG, Aleksandar UZELAC, Oz SOLOMON, Keith Coleman HEROLD, Vivek PRADEEP, Zongyi LIU, Kazuhito KOISHIDA, Haithem ALBADAWI, Steven Nabil BATHICHE, Christopher Lance NUESMEYER, Michelle Lynn HOLTMANN, Christopher Brian QUIRK, Pablo Luis SALA
  • Publication number: 20180295334
    Abstract: Techniques for processing content for communication sessions are described. Implementations, for example, enable various ways of detecting and storing events that occur during communication sessions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fredrik Furesjö, Mattias Dan Nilsson, Daniel Nitsche, Henrik Valdemar Turbell, Jonas Nils Rune Lindblom
  • Publication number: 20180294836
    Abstract: A method for generating a spreading sequence is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of signals from a remote device. The plurality of signals is sampled to generate a plurality of data sets corresponding to the plurality of signals, respectively. Each data set indicates a power value of the corresponding signal. From the plurality of data sets, one or more data sets indicating a power value greater than a predetermined value is selected. A spreading sequence is generated based on the one or more selected data sets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Amer HASSAN, Edward GIAIMO
  • Publication number: 20180295075
    Abstract: Techniques for switchable modes for messaging are described. In various implementations, a software application for messaging includes a conversation mode and an engagement mode each representing different respective modes for presenting a message. The engagement mode, for instance, provides a larger portion of an available display area for the message than the conversation mode. According to one or more implementations, switching between the conversation mode and the engagement mode is based on a user behavior indicating a level of engagement of a user relative to the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Umberto Abate
  • Publication number: 20180290061
    Abstract: Technologies are described for enabling interactivity with video games by viewers of a live video game streaming service. For example, messages can be received indicating interactive control events initiated by remote viewers of a live interactive video game stream. A control state data structure can be maintained that comprises control state for the received interactive control events. The control state data structure can maintain separate control state for each of a plurality of time periods (e.g., each time period corresponding to one or more video frames). Actions in the video game can be activated based on the control state data structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gershom L. Payzer, Gregory M. Smith, Molly Rose Suver