Microsoft Corporation has been granted a patent on the “double click”. We kid you not. Microsoft just received a patent on:
“A method and system are provided for extending the functionality of application buttons on a limited resource computing device. Alternative application functions are launched based on the length of time an application button is pressed. A default function for an application is launched if the button is pressed for a short, i.e., normal, period of time.
“Oh, c’mon,” I can almost hear you saying, “surely that doesn’t really mean the “double click”!”
Read on (and this is all directly from their patent application abstract):
“An alternative function of the application is launched if the button is pressed for a long, (e.g., at least one second), period of time. Still another function can be launched if the application button is pressed multiple times within a short period of time, e.g., double click.”
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Did I say that Microsoft owns the patent on the “double click”? What I really wanted to say was “Microsoft now owns your ass”, but of course, that wouldn’t be polite.
Of course, perhaps this is Microsoft’s altruistic way of trying to prove to the patent office just how out of control they have gotten, by filing a patent so patently (no pun intended) ridiculous, in order to show how far gone the system has become. Perhaps they had their fingers crossed.
So I will just leave the reader with this thought:
From now on, every time you program anything which includes requiring the user to double click, you’re infringing on Microsoft’s new patent.
Heartwarming, isn’t it?
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