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Microsoft's driverless PC patent

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We can't really speak to the efficacy of the system proposed, but Microsoft's got a patent in the USPTO which they applied for back in '99 that outlines a system for driverless device communications, apparently aimed mostly at peripherals like printers and scanners, etc. From what we gleaned, the host PC has a generic "universal driver" which reads communication protocol information embedded into each connected device as opposed to requiring software stacks for control of said device. It sounds something more akin to Universal Plug and Play if you ask us, which is all well and good, but can we diverge a moment to get a what what for a registryless Windows PC patent?

[Via The Raw Feed]