Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking interactive reading platform for Windows. It was revealed by a Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team. It stated, “As an SDE, you will be on the team building a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics”. Amazon is a market leader in e-reading market and Microsoft has to offer something more compelling to move people away from Amazon. Two of the recent Microsoft patents reveals possible direction in which Microsoft’s upcoming E-reader architecture will look like. Read the abstracts below, it sounds interesting. The second para describes the good old Courier’s leaked video with the cloud storage concept.
E-reader architecture with rich service infrastructure for identity, storage, protection, commercial exchange, and sharing of content is provided. The architecture may enable consumption of content through a set of compatible cross-platform consumption experiences that provide easy access to professional, institutional, collaborative or personal content with auxiliary capabilities such as search, commenting, posting, and similar ones.
An e-reader application provides a note based annotation of content in an e-reader. A user action to annotate the content initiates a note pane to capture a note. The note includes variety of types including text, ink, snippet, audio recording, and photo. The note is captured in the note pane which is configured according to the note type. The note is stored in a platform-agnostic in a cloud storage. A local cache also maintains the note for offline usage. The note is anchored to the content using an anchor marker placed within proximity to a selection associated with the note in the content.
If you forgot about Microsoft Courier tablet, watch the video below. Even today, none of the tablets offers this level of intuitive user experience.