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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Daniel R. Tobias
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: 7 May 2004 14:18:10 -0700 (theodp) wrote in message 
> 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.

Aren't all the mainframe timesharing systems, some of which were
around 30 or 40 years ago, which maintain separate user sessions each
with their own environment, prior art for this?  As I recall, the APL
system actually called saved environments "workspaces".


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