1
Eric J Horvitz, George G Robertson, Mary P Czerwinski, Brian R Meyers, Gregory R Smith: System and method that facilitates computer desktop use via scaling of displayed objects with shifts to the periphery. Microsoft Corporation, Amin Turocy & Calvin, June 10, 2008: US07386801 (63 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a system that facilitates multi-tasking in a computing environment. A focus area component defines a focus area within a display space—the focus area occupying a subset area of the display space area. A scaling component scales display objects as a function of proxim ...


2
Kentaro Toyama, John C Krumm, Barry L Brumitt, Brian R Meyers: System and method for background maintenance of an image sequence. Microsoft Corporation, Lyon & Harr L, Craig S Fischer, November 14, 2006: US07136525 (60 worldwide citation)

The present invention is embodied in a system and method for maintaining a background model of an image sequence by processing on multiple spatial scales. These multiple spatial scales include a pixel scale, a regional scale and a frame scale. The image sequence undergoes pixel processing that deter ...


3
Robert DeLine, Mary Czerwinski, Brian R Meyers, Gina Venolia, Steven M Drucker, George G Robertson: Dynamic thumbnails for document navigation. Microsoft Corporation, Lyon & Harr, Mark A Watson, June 15, 2010: US07739622 (29 worldwide citation)

A “Spatial Navigator” provides a document navigation environment that leverages user spatial memory. Graphical thumbnail-type representations (“thumbnails”) provide scaled versions of entire documents. Changes to documents are immediately reflected in corresponding thumbnails. Similarly, document se ...


4
Gregory R Smith, George G Robertson, Mary P Czerwinski, Patrick M Baudisch, Brian R Meyers: System and method for representing content in a file system. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, February 9, 2010: US07660817 (25 worldwide citation)

A system and method for representing content state in a file system is provided. A file system includes a unique database object that is representative of the object content. The unique database object serves as a link container and includes a plurality of links to additional unique database objects ...


5
George G Robertson, Eric J Horvitz, Daniel C Robbins, Mary P Czerwinski, Patrick M Baudisch, Gregory R Smith, Brian R Meyers: System and method that facilitates computer desktop use via scaling of displayed objects with shifts to the periphery. Amin Turocy & Calvin, May 19, 2009: US07536650 (24 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a system that facilitates multi-tasking in a computing environment. A focus area component defines a focus area within a display space—the focus area occupying a subset area of the display space area. A scaling component scales display objects as a function of proxim ...


6
Daniel J Shapiro, Jonathan T Grudin, Chris J Guzak, Gavin Jancke, Chad L Magendanz, Brian R Meyers, Michael G Tricker: Method and system for providing a peripheral service to a host computing device. Microsoft Corporation, Banner & Witcoff, May 9, 2006: US07043572 (13 worldwide citation)

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 be ...


7
Brian R Meyers, Stephen C Harris, Barry L Brumitt, John C Krumm, Steven A N Shafer: Automatic computer input device association. Microsoft Corporation, Richard T Lyon, Lyon & Harr, March 16, 2004: US06708228 (12 worldwide citation)

A system and process for automatically initiating and terminating associations between a computer input device of some type (e.g., computer mice, keyboards, trackballs, and the like) and a computer in a computing space that can have many such devices and several computers. In this way, input devices ...


8
George G Robertson, Dugald R Hutchings, Brian R Meyers, Gregory R Smith: Computer desktop use via scaling of displayed objects with shifts to the periphery. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, July 17, 2012: US08225224 (11 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to facilitating multi-tasking in a computing environment. A focus area component defines a focus area within a display space—the focus area occupying a subset area of the display space area. A sealing component scales display objects as a function of proximity to the fo ...


9
Steven W Macbeth, Roland L Fernandez, Brian R Meyers, Desney S Tan, George G Robertson, Nuria M Oliver, Oscar E Murillo, Mary P Czerwinski: Monitoring group activities. Microsoft Corporation, Shook Hardy & Bacon L, January 29, 2013: US08364514 (10 worldwide citation)

A unique monitoring system and method is provided that involves monitoring user activity in order to facilitate managing and optimizing the utilization of various system resources. In particular, the system can monitor user activity, detect when users need assistance with their specific activities, ...


10
Steven W Macbeth, Roland L Fernandez, Brian R Meyers, Desney S Tan, George G Robertson, Nuria M Oliver, Oscar E Murillo, Elin R Pedersen, Mary P Czerwinski, Jeanine E Spence: Creating and managing activity-centric workflow. Microsoft Corporation, Shook Hardy & Bacon, July 20, 2010: US07761393 (9 worldwide citation)

A system that can identify, create, update and/or process a workflow based upon a current, past or future activity is disclosed. A ‘workflow’ can be defined as an activity flow that includes interaction with, or assignment of work to, people, devices, or services by a single individual or a group of ...