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 OEMâ€™s) tried to patent this design till now? Microsoft applied for this patent just last year. I seriously donâ€™t know why it was awarded and whatâ€™s unique in Microsoftâ€™s design to get it patented. Here is the patent details,
Moveable Housing of a Mobile Communications Device :
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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