Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Phone, Touch Screen Technology

Way back in March, we first caught a glimpse of Microsoft Research’s amazing proof-of-concept demo that took touchscreen latency from 100ms to 1ms. Now, the company is protecting that product by applying for a patent.

The claim focuses heavily on the use of a predictive system that takes an educated guess as to where you’re going to move next, and does some serious pre-processing to minimize lag. The result is a smooth moving UI that could really boost the user experience within a wide number of Microsoft products.

Of course, this technology seems like it’s a long way out from landing in a smartphone or tablet, but the patent is a sound one that could go a long way in not only improving technology for the end user, but may also give Microsoft a little more ammunition in the seemingly never-ending patent wars.

If this technology makes it to future Windows and Windows Phone products, expect your smartphone and tablet experiences to be that much better.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at