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MSFT Patents a basic IM feature

Microsoft was just awarded a patent for notifying a participant in an IM conversation when the other participant is typing. Well, I guess it’s fair to say MSFT is on both sides of the fence in the issue of software patents for obvious ideas. I really can’t see a future for this industry as long as the US Patent Office doesn’t face some radical changes.

Oh well, maybe I’ll think of some obvious feature to patent and I can site back and sip pina coladas all day. Is their already a patent on tooltips?