Microsoft is reportedly working on making your display private. The idea sounds exciting and will rescue many users who feel annoyed when, while using their phones or laptop in public, strangers peep in to see what they are doing. Although some screen protectors are already available, still they cannot be applied to everything.
An idea similar to Apple’s
Patently Mobile discovered a recent patent filing from the software giant that focuses on creating a display for computers and mobile devices to provide users with much-needed privacy. Reportedly, there will be a backlight system enabling users to look directly at the screen to view the information. Those sitting by the user’s side will not be able to see the screen due to the backlighting’s angular intensity profiles. This new feature could be similar to the one on the Nintendo 3DS console in which the screen is viewed at a particular angle/direction for the user to enjoy the full 3D effect.
Microsoft is not the first company to work toward this direction, as in 2011, Apple also tossed around a similar idea in which a narrow cone of light enabled the user to view content. Whether or not the software giant will actually utilize this patent remains to be seen, but the idea itself is surely intriguing, and there will be many takes on it.
Microsoft leads software sales in India
In related news, Microsoft retained its topmost position in terms of software revenue in India, totaling 25% of overall sales in 2014. Microsoft, Oracle and IBM accounted for 50% of software sales in India, a market experiencing the highest growth rate among other BRICS nations.
It’s not just the large vendors that are making up the sales, but start-ups are also thriving in India in driving software adoption through innovative, small footprint, low-cost products.
For 2014, software revenues in India totaled $4 billion, which is an increase of 8.3% from 2013’s revenue of $3.7 billion, according to research firm Gartner. Bhavish Sood, research director at Gartner, said that the enterprise software marketplace is vibrant and changing. Its growth and structure are subjected to various factors and forces of decentralized purchasing, consumerization and mobility, the impact of emerging markets, cloud-based implementations, and new consumption models.