07596785 is referenced by 11 patents and cites 20 patents.

Software programs, such as an operating system or other application programs, are automatically customized to a specific user(s) based on data corresponding to the specific user(s) that is maintained in a user information store. In one embodiment, the information store is a unified store that is accessible by multiple programs including the operating system. Thus, new information or information changes can be made available to multiple programs by the user adding (or changing) the information only once. In another embodiment, the operating system image to be installed on a computer is pre-populated with user-specific information at the factory. The user-specific information can be integrated into the operating system at the factory or alternatively upon an initial boot of the computer by the user.

Title
Automatic computer program customization based on a user information store
Application Number
10/961800
Publication Number
7596785 (B2)
Application Date
October 8, 2004
Publication Date
September 29, 2009
Inventor
Seung Yup Chai
Redmond
WA, US
David Scott Johnson
Seattle
WA, US
Nicholas R Legget
Seattle
WA, US
David J D Souza
Mercer Island
WA, US
Donald J McNamara
Woodinville
WA, US
Seetharaman Harikrishnnan
Redmond
WA, US
Tom G Yaryan
Seattle
WA, US
Ryan Burkhardt
Redmond
WA, US
Agent
Lee & Hayes PLLC
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 9/445
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