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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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Microsoft | Date: 2017-03-22

In various embodiments, methods and systems for providing access to file systems are provided. An SFA-based operation having an operation modifier for a file in a file system is received. The SFA-based operation is defined based on a file-representational state transfer (REST) interface. The SFA-REST interface comprises integrated functionality of an SFA protocol and REST protocol. The SFA-based operation is executed using the operation modifier. A REST-based operation for the file in the distributed file storage is received. The REST-based operation is defined based on the SFA-REST interface. The operation modifier is referenced in order to execute the REST-based operation. The REST-based operation based on the SFA-REST interface. A schema can be implemented for accessing the file system. The schema includes tables to store files, the table comprises fields corresponding to elements of a SFA-REST interface.


An interactive intermediate representation (IR) viewer displays a view of the intermediate representation of client side code during a just-in-time compilation of the client side code in a live environment. The interactive IR viewer allows a developer to request the intermediate representation generated during one or more of the phases of the JIT compilation of the client side code. Modifications may be made to the intermediate representation before executable code is generated. The analysis of the intermediate representation during the live environment provides a developer with insight as to how the executable code is being compiled so that improvements may be made to improve the performance of the client side code.


Examples of the disclosure provide real-time display of achievements to a user during gameplay. A computing device receives a request from a user to display a portion of achievement data describing performance of the user in a gaming application. Responsive to the received request, the achievement data is filtered based on contextual criteria. The filtered achievement data is provided to a user interface for display during gameplay. The displayed achievement data is updated by the computing device updates during gameplay. The achievement data may be system-level achievement data. Further, the achievement data may be displayed on another computing device.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-02-08

A method for displaying a scalable user interface on a display device includes arranging multiple regions of application functionalities and information for display substantially in-line within a designated area of an application, identifying an amount of space available to the user interface within the designated area of the application, comparing the amount of available application space with an amount of space used by the multiple regions of application functionalities and information, and adjusting the visual display of at least one of the multiple regions of application functionalities and information according to one or more predetermined scaling priorities to accommodate the available space within the designated area of the application.


A grip of a primary user on a touch-sensitive computing device and a grip of a secondary user on the touch-sensitive computing device are sensed and correlated to determine whether the primary user is sharing or handing off the computing device to the secondary user. In the case of handoff, capabilities of the computing device may be restricted, while in a sharing mode only certain content on the computing device is shared. In some implementations both a touch-sensitive pen and the touch-sensitive computing device are passed from a primary user to a secondary user. Sensor inputs representing the grips of the users on both the pen and the touch-sensitive computing device are correlated to determine the context of the grips and to initiate a context-appropriate command in an application executing on the touch-sensitive pen or the touch-sensitive computing device. Meta data is also derived from the correlated sensor inputs.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-01-11

A user terminal comprising: a network interface; a display; a content sharing module configured to display content shared with a further user terminal on the display, and receive position data from the further user terminal via the network interface, said position data indicating a position within the shared content associated with a user at the further user terminal; and a communications module. The communications module configured to: receive video data from the further user terminal over a communications network during a communication event with at least said further user terminal via the network interface; and control the video data received from said further user terminal to be displayed on said display in dependence on the position within the shared content associated with the user at the further user terminal.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-01-11

Various technologies described herein pertain to a computing device that includes secure hardware (e.g., a TPM, a secure processor of a processing platform, protected memory that includes a software-based TPM, etc.). The secure hardware includes a shared secret, which is shared by the secure hardware and a server computing system. The shared secret is provisioned by the server computing system or a provisioning computing system of a party affiliated with the server computing system. The secure hardware further includes a cryptographic engine that can execute a cryptographic algorithm using the shared secret or a key generated from the shared secret. The cryptographic engine can execute the cryptographic algorithm to perform encryption, decryption, authentication, and/or attestation.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-01-25

A load balancer system is described herein which uses one or more switch-based hardware multiplexers, each of which performs a multiplexing function. Each such hardware multiplexer operates based on an instance of mapping information associated with a set of virtual IP (VIP) addresses, corresponding to a complete set of VIP addresses or a portion of the complete set. That is, each hardware multiplexer operates by mapping VIP addresses that correspond to its set of VIP addresses to appropriate direct IP (DIP) addresses. In another implementation, the load balancer system may also use one or more software multiplexers that perform a multiplexing function with respect to the complete set of VIP addresses. A main controller can generate one or more instances of mapping information, and then load the instance(s) of mapping information on the hardware multiplexer(s), and the software multiplexer(s) (if used).


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-02-08

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for adjusting presentation characteristics of a search engine results page (SERP) by a client device based on a query intent of a user. The client may forward a search prefix to a search service and in response receive one or more query suggestions and one or more machine learning algorithms configured to each query suggestion. The user executes a search query comprising the query intent by selecting one of the query suggestions. The client device computes scores for each result group using the machine learning algorithm configured for the selected query suggestion. At least one presentation characteristic of the SERP is adjusted so that at least one result group is emphasized over another based on the respective result group scores representing a relevance to the query intent.


Patent
Microsoft | Date: 2017-02-08

Expandable application representation techniques are described. The techniques may include support of an expandable tile that may function as an intermediary within a root level (e.g., start menu or screen) of a file system. The expandable tile, for instance, may be output via a gesture to gain additional information that was not included in an unexpanded version of the tile, may be utilized to provide inputs to an application such that a user, and so on. Thus, this may support non-modal interaction by a user. Techniques are also described in which the expanded representation is included in a taskbar, which may also be used for non-modal interaction, sending of content represented in the representation to a device or application, continuation of interaction initiated with the representation by a mobile computing device, and so on. Expandable tile techniques may also be utilized to support interaction between shells of an operating system, such as a desktop and immersive shell. Further description of these and other examples involving and not involving an expandable tile are also contemplated.

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