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So was This the Idea Microsoft Copied for the Surface Tablet?

By zkStar ·
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Hi all. This will be my first discussion post here so I thought I'd start with this new video that popped up on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xdsRiMD2bI

The video (or presentation rather) purportedly shows Microsoft had picked up features of the Surface Tablet such as its kickstand, pen and prominent full-sized USB port from a concept idea emailed to Microsoft research teams in 2010 then later published by the author in a journal for a computer conference the same year. The video doesn't say if the author of the original idea will be claiming anything from Microsoft.

It would be quite a shame for Microsoft, in my opinion, given the fact that they are just getting set to launch their Surface device which they claim was totally conceived and developed as an inhouse concept design.

Sure, they'll have an army of lawyers on in hand to tackle any court claims, but still - tsk, tsk.

Apple and Samsung have both prominently been accused of copying and now Microsoft as well. Is the I.T./tech industry low on fresh ideas like Hollywood?

The Surface Tablet is a really cool-looking device and even I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one, but now at the back of my mind would be the word 'copy' associated with it.

What are your own thoughts?

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by dogknees In reply to So was This the Idea Micr ...

Can you tell us where MS said this?

"... their Surface device which they claim was totally conceived and developed as an inhouse concept design."

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Reply???

by zkStar In reply to So was This the Idea Micr ...

My attempts at replying here keep vanishing.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Reply???

That sometimes happens if you include links or words that the TechRepublic spam filter doesn't like. If you were attempting to include a link, try separating parts of it with spaces, like this:

http:// www.domain.com / index.html

Frankly, I don't believe anything if it is only 'documented' in a YouTube video.

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sorry, but Star Trek had all that back in the 1980s -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to So was This the Idea Micr ...
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by Ugobord In reply to So was This the Idea Micr ...

MS said: http://goo.gl/b7xgr

AKA inhouse design.

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Fair Call

by dogknees In reply to dogknees' Answer

Hadn't seen that statement before. Though it's obviously untrue.

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Obviously

by Ugobord In reply to Fair Call

Yeah, they're just marketing their product (with untrue statements).

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Not just video

by Ugobord In reply to So was This the Idea Micr ...

Webpages and a conference publication confirming the existence of the idea also in the video. I can check the websites or find the WorldComp2010 journal shown (google it? lol).

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