Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have one thing in common – the implementation of Windows Live Tiles. I find the idea of Live Tiles to be a fascinating one, as you get to know what is going on in real time at a glance on your handset without having to actually fire up the app or program. Unfortunately for Microsoft, they seemed to have hit a speed bump this time around as a smaller operating system technology designer will be bringing Microsoft to court, citing that the software giant actually copied its technology for use in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
SurfCast filed a complaint yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Maine, touting that Microsoft infringed one of its four patents — No. 6,724,403 — by “making, using, selling, and offering to sell devices and software products” covered by SurfCast’s patent. Among these include mobile devices that operate on the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems, in addition to PCs which run on Windows 8/RT. We await with bated breath as to how Microsoft will handle this particularly sensitive situation.