07043572 is referenced by 13 patents and cites 13 patents.

Disclosed is a method for one computing device (the “provider”) to provide peripheral services to another device (the “host”). A user directly runs the host. The host accesses the provider as if the provider were a set of peripheral devices attached to the host. In this way, the host and provider become, in effect, one device with the combined capabilities of both devices. The provider switches between two modes: In standalone mode, the provider acts as an individual device; upon switching to auxiliary mode, the provider provides peripheral services to the host but can still run applications and present an input/output interface to its own user. When the peripheral device provided to the host is a display screen, the host can map the provided screen into the host's own video memory, thus hiding implementation details from applications that use the screens. One device can simultaneously act as provider and host.

Title
Method and system for providing a peripheral service to a host computing device
Application Number
10/456406
Publication Number
7043572 (B2)
Application Date
June 6, 2003
Publication Date
May 9, 2006
Inventor
Michael G Tricker
Redmond
WA, US
Brian R Meyers
Bellevue
WA, US
Chad L Magendanz
Issaquah
WA, US
Gavin Jancke
Sammamish
WA, US
Chris J Guzak
Kirkland
WA, US
Jonathan T Grudin
Issaquah
WA, US
Daniel J Shapiro
Redmond
WA, US
Agent
Banner & Witcoff
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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