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Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. It is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies.Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date.As of 2013, Microsoft is market dominant in both the IBM PC-compatible operating system and office software suite markets . The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including Internet search , the video game industry , the digital services market , and mobile phones . In June 2012, Microsoft entered the personal computer production market for the first time, with the launch of the Microsoft Surface, a line of tablet computers.With the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division to form Microsoft Mobile Oy, the company re-entered the smartphone hardware market, after its previous attempt, Microsoft Kin, which resulted from their acquisition of Danger Inc. Wikipedia.

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A database management system (DBMS) run a host CPU and a hardware coprocessor accelerate traversal of a tree-type data structure by allocating reusable memory in cache to store portions of the tree-type data structure as the tree-type data structure is being requested by the host CPU. The hardware coprocessor manages the cached tree-type data structure in a manner that is transparent to the host CPU. A driver located at the host CPU or at a separate computing device can provide an interface between the host CPU and the hardware coprocessor, thus reducing communications between the host CPU and the hardware coprocessor.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

A handheld device includes a conductive tip configured to interact with a capacitive based digitizer sensor, an active transmission module, a reflective transmission module, a switch configured to connect the conductive tip to one of the active transmission module and the reflective transmission module and a controller configured to toggle position of the switch. The active transmission module configured to generate a first signal on the conductive tip independent from a drive signal transmitted on the digitizer sensor. The reflective transmission module is configured to generate a second signal on the conductive tip based on the drive signal transmitted on the digitizer sensor and picked by the conductive tip during interaction with the digitizer sensor.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Disclosed is a technique for providing a mixed-reality view to user of the visualization device. The device provides the user with a real-world, real-time view of an environment of the user, on a display area of the device. The device additionally determines a location at which a virtual reality window should be displayed within the real-world, real-time view of the environment of the user, and displays the virtual reality window at the determined location within the real-world, real-time view of the environment of the user. The device may additionally display one or more augmented reality objects within the real-world, real-time view of the environment of the user.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Techniques for utilizing a trusted platform module of a host device are described. According to various embodiments, a client device that does not include a trusted platform module (TPM) may leverage a TPM of a host device to provide trust services to the client device.


A multitask workflow is proactively identified based upon user context information. For discrete tasks of the multitask workflow, modules directed to such tasks are identified from among other modules also directed to the same task, and are proactively presented to the user. Modules are selected based upon predetermined values associated with such modules, which can be indicative of capabilities, relationships, incentives associated with presentation of the modules to the user, and other like valuations. The modules offer visually enticing experiences to aid the user in performing a task, of the multitask workflow, and thereby increasing the users interaction performance. Additionally, the modules exchange information to increase user efficiency in performing the multitask workflow. Multiple computing devices associated with a user can execute different modules of the multitask workflow, enabling two or more users to collaborate on the multitask workflow or otherwise research and perform tasks associated with the multitask workflow.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Boltzmann machines are trained using an objective function that is evaluated by sampling quantum states that approximate a Gibbs state. Classical processing is used to produce the objective function, and the approximate Gibbs state is based on weights and biases that are refined using the sample results. In some examples, amplitude estimation is used. A combined classical/quantum computer produces suitable weights and biases for classification of shapes and other applications.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Techniques for a touch input device in a circuit board are described. In at least some embodiments, a touch input device is integrated into a circuit board of an apparatus. For instance, a touch interaction region of the touch input device is formed by cutting and/or etching a portion of the circuit board such that the touch interaction region is moveable with respect to adjacent portions of the circuit board. According to one or more embodiments, a touch input device includes a switch such that movement of the touch interaction region actuates the switch to generate a click input event.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Disclosed herein are technologies directed to a feature ideator. The feature ideator can initiate a classifier that analyzes a training set of data in a classification process. The feature ideator can generate one or more suggested features relating to errors generated during the classification process. The feature ideator can generate an output to cause the errors to be rendered in a format that provides for an interaction with a user. A user can review the summary of the errors or the individual errors and select one or more features to increase the accuracy of the classifier.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-09-27

Power amplifiers for amplifying a radio frequency signal are provided. The power amplifier may include an envelope tracking power supply, a carrier amplifier coupled with the power supply and configured to amplify the radio frequency signal, an input matching network configured to split the amplified radio frequency signal from the carrier amplifier such that one part of the amplified radio frequency signal passes along a peak amplifier path and another part of the amplified radio frequency signal passes along an impedance transformer path, a peak amplifier coupled with the power supply and configured to amplify the one part of the amplified radio frequency signal from the input matching network, an impedance transformer configured to perform impedance transformation on the other part of the amplified radio frequency signal from the input matching network, an output matching network configured to combine the output of the peak amplifier and the impedance transformer.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-10-11

Examples are disclosed herein that are related to providing extended functionalities on-demand to an audio-based wearable device. One example provides a wearable computing device including an acoustic receiver configured to receive speech inputs, a speaker configured to present audio outputs, a communications subsystem configured to connect to an external device, a logic subsystem configured to execute instructions, and a storage subsystem having instructions executable by the logic subsystem to execute a program, connect to the external device via a wireless communications protocol, conduct an audio-based interaction of the program via the speech inputs received at the acoustic receiver and the audio outputs provided by the speaker, upon reaching a screen-based interaction of the program, notify a user via the speaker to interact with the external device, and provide image data to the external device for presentation via a screen of the external device.

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