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October 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Microsoft sued over live tiles

Windows8StartScreen.jpgA Maine-based company has sued Microsoft over live tiles, claiming those square and rectangular blocks that play such a key role in Windows 8 violate the Maine company’s patent.

Live tiles are the first things you see when you boot up Windows 8 or Windows Phone 7 or 8. The tiles are the users’ entryway to applications and can also be updated with information from the apps in real time.

Now a company named SurfCast has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Maine, alleging that Microsoft infringes on SurfCast’s “403 patent” by making, using and selling products that use that patent, including: Windows Phone 7, Surface, Windows RT, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise.

Microsoft issued a statement, saying: “We are confident we will prove to the court that these claims are without merit and that Microsoft has created a unique user experience.”

[Image of Windows 8 Start screen, featuring live tiles, from Microsoft]

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