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I'm glad to see that Microsoft will have something to fall back on once this computer "fad" has faded.
I don't understand the point of this article. The patent was for "1985". This would be the start of a consumer based computer era. This would have been high tech back in the day, when people first started typing. This article was a waste of your time, and my time for looking through it to realize this was 25 year ago invention. Work on finding new topics, not something that is outdated.
Sound like a good idea, Microsoft need's to market the product. Being IT student some of the books are very large, and all of them are thick because of the depth of the books, however I would think if put into college book stores this item would sell very well!
Clearly an early attempt to follow the Steve Jobs approach of patenting the blindingly obvious and then sueing for subsequent infringement, then taking over the world got in the way and they found money in actually producing software instead
So I understand now, it is Microsoft's long time tradition to make a difficult to open packaging, just like the "pocket knife" style packaging for MS Office 2007....
Gee I wonder if they've sued any of those people who've made and sold cookbook stands for patent infringement.
if my memory serves me right some of the early Microsoft software was shipped in these boxes. Some of the DOS applications.
Microsoft Multplan came packaged in it. Multiplan book and software came inside. It didn't turn out to be terribly practical but a neat idea nevertheless. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2468532409_4799b2abe7.jpg
I guess no one ever looked at a Civil War unit Clerk's field desk - "a holder for books and similar items that both store the books and support them in an open position at a fixed angle, even if the books are substantially shorter and narrower than the holder." So if Microsoft patented the Box, what does that make the X-Box? Happy Friday. :-)
Or perhaps what is novel is that it lacks dividers and probably couldn't stand up to a long wagon journey.
Wow, back in the day when the User Guide for the software package was a big part of the contents of the retail box, this would have been a very cool packaging for software. A transparent 'keepsake' box for geeks!