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This article was published on September 1, 2010

Another lawsuit inevitable as Microsoft acquires patent for OS shutdown.

Another lawsuit inevitable as Microsoft acquires patent for OS shutdown.
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Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

At some point, somebody should stop the madness. In a move that’s almost akin to patenting the wheel these days, Microsoft has just been granted the patent for an operating system shutdown procedure. The patent, apparently, was filed back in Windows XP days, a few months before Vista came into the picture.

What is interesting about this, however, is that the patent doesn’t apply only to Windows systems. Rather it covers all operating systems on personal computers. Here’s a look at the patent diagram, courtesy of ConceivablyTech:

What are your thoughts? Is Microsoft beating a dead horse, or does it truly have some sort of unique edge over existing systems?