Considering just how big a company Microsoft is, some circles criticize it for not innovating enough. But it’s hard to truly innovate when you have so much catching up to do.
Regardless, Redmond has made several important leaps in these past couple of years.
And at the same time, the technology titan is readily looking to expand the touch capabilities of its modern operating platforms — Windows Phone and, more importantly Windows 8. Now a new report reveals that the company is developing a new way to search for content on Windows tablets.
The company has filed a new patent for a technology that allows users to search for content simply by drawing shapes on their Windows powered devices, phones and tablets.
Let’s just hope you don’t have to be a Picasso to put this to good use.
But as this patent that was published by USPTO over the weekend reveals, the advanced character recognition in this new technology analyzes the information entered by a user, and then automatically initiates a search process that displays both web links and images.
Interestingly, this technology is not limited to just character recognition — it can analyze shapes and drawings too. For example, if you draw to circles on your screen, Windows will automatically return images and bicycles and apples, based on your previous search history, obviously.
And although not openly mentioned in the patent filing, this technology is expected to make its way to Windows tablets in the coming months, in some shape or form.