Microsoft phone copies the iPhone!

A new patent application published yesterday and assigned to Microsoft shows a mobile phone interface that bears striking similarities to the iPhone.

The patent, filed in July 2007, is entitled Extensible filtered lists for mobile device user interface and discusses how mobile phones are so full of features that they have become extremely complicated to use. A problem that is “exacerbated by the generally limited user interfaces” on modern phones.

Interestingly some of the screenshots provided in the patent appear to show a user interface very similar to the way the iPhone handles images and music albums as well as the famous visual voicemail application.

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Speculation that Microsoft is intending to launch a Zune phone appears to be unfounded so this patent is most likely a future incarnation of the popular Windows Mobile operating system.

Briefly described, the provided subject matter concerns an improved user interface for mobile devices such as smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the like. Selected data and
services provided by multiple software applications can be accessed through a group or list of items.

Each group or list can include multiple items that provide access to data or tasks from multiple applications. For example, a list centered around a user’s current day can include items corresponding to meetings scheduled for that day using a calendar application, email received on that day through an email application, and a weather forecast for the day provided by a weather service application.

In addition, a shortcut display can be provided to facilitate navigation of a horizontal list, such as the set of lists. A shortcut display can reorganize elements of the horizontal list as a vertical list, which typically allows additional items to be displayed.

Selection of an item or element of the shortcut list triggers a return to the parent, horizontal list. On return, the parent list is updated such that the item selected within the shortcut list has focus in the
parent list. The shortcut list allows users to navigate rapidly through the parent list.

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12 thoughts on “Microsoft phone copies the iPhone!

  1. whatever give me something useful you poor people such as some proper interface such as MP3 players on mobile phone, how humans use them and how they affect humans and how humans affect them?

  2. Seriously how is coping a list of numbers or series of pictures a duplicate of the iphone? Sure they look similar but please people are there so many different effective ways to show off both of these traits?

  3. all this copy claims are great for these giants fighting for millions and getting free advertisement for their products from media (yeah.. free ads in form of news.. otherwise it would cost them millions to show up on every newspaper and magazine frontpages…). But perhaps its costing people (consumers) a fortune in terns of choices availabel. Companies fight and no matter who wins, consumers end up having to pay higher prices because of the monopolies of the winner if they want their products.

  4. Wait a minute… I mean, if you compare any portrait drawings to Tom Cruise, they all will look like Tom Cruise anyway. Why don’t you put that side-by-side with Windows phones or those zunes? They look like a Windows phone way more than an iPhone.

  5. You’ve got it totally backwards.

    The application you’re referring to is a follow-up application identical to an earlier one filed in June of 2006. That application, in turn, is based on a provisional application filed in September of 2005. Microsoft’s interface is over two years old! Who’s copying who?

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