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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: Fri, 07 May 2004 12:14:02 -0400
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In article <>,
 Bruce Hayden <> wrote:

> theodp wrote:
> > While Mainframe and Unix users are unlikely to find it novel that
> > Windows XP allows several family members to share a PC while enabling
> > each to have personalized settings and folders, that's not stopping
> > Microsoft from seeking a patent for 'Methods and arrangements for
> > providing multiple concurrent desktops and workspaces in a shared
> > computing environment,' the USPTO disclosed Thursday.
> > 
> > --> Link to Microsoft's Patent Application
> > 
> >
> > 1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220040088709%22.PGNR.
> > &OS=DN/20040088709&RS=DN/20040088709
> Haven't looked at the application, but I would be surprised that
> if just that much was new and nonobvious.  Seems like Mac
> and UNIX have had such for awhile.

The part about fast switching between users has been in MacOS for a 
couple of years, but I don't think Unix has it at all (su changes the 
userid, but it doesn't bring up the new user's desktop environment).

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA

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