Microsoft Awarded With Patent For Sliding Mobile Device. Wait, What?

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Microsoft was awarded with a patent on sliding mechanism in mobile device. Yes, It was awarded to Microsoft yesterday. My doubt is that, nobody ever (all mobile device OEM’s) tried to patent this design till now? Microsoft applied for this patent just last year. I seriously don’t know why it was awarded and what’s unique in Microsoft’s design to get it patented. Here is the patent details,

Patent Number:20110195752

Moveable Housing of a Mobile Communications Device :

Abstract

Mobile communications devices having moveable housings are described. In an implementation, a mobile communications device includes a first housing that includes a display device; and a second housing that includes a keyboard. At least one of the first or second housings are moveable between a first configuration in which the first housing substantially covers the second housing so the keyboard is covered and the display device is viewable and a second configuration in which the keyboard is exposed and positioned such that an outer plane of the keyboard is positioned in a substantially similar plane to that of an outer surface of the display device.

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