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Microsoft Project Osaka for Office 365, Granted Foldable Phone Patent

Microsoft is cooking up a new collaborative data tool called “Project Osaka”, that will help businesses “Create and share tables with your team”, revealed the leaked Project Osaka site.

The tool which sounds similar to Google Sheets, is “where teams will be able to organize information and collaborate in real time with co-workers.” It’s currently in preview only available to a limited set of Office 365 users. “Its introduction to Office 365 might be only with Enterprise packages,” speculates Petri, who spotted it first.

Microsoft CollabDB or Project Osaka, when visit the site link today, of course, it’s currently serving up as a place holder only, and isn’t functional. Even, clicking on the ‘Get Started’ button doesn’t do much for accounts that aren’t approved. See the screenshot below:

microsoft project osaka preview page

microsoft project osaka for office 365

Another report suggests, that Project Osaka could very well be the same as CollabDB which was also in private testing for the last two years. As seen in the image, requesting to sign up for Osaka needs to go through the [email protected] email. Furthermore, visiting www.collabdb.com takes the user to osaka.microsoft.com. Unfortunately, the page seems to only be working for some users while others are met with an “internal server error”.

In other news, Microsoft is awarded with a patent for foldable phone that opens up into a larger tablet by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 10, 2017.

The company originally filed the patent application on October 16, 2014, and was awarded the patent number US 9,541,962 B2. The patent is for a ‘Mobile Computing Device having a Flexible Hinge Structure’, and is briefly summarized as:

“Techniques involving a mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure are described. In one or more implementations, a mobile computing device includes a plurality of housings, a display device that is flexible, and a flexible hinge structure. The flexible hinge structure secures the plurality of housings to each other, permits the plurality of housings to rotate about an axis in relation to each other, and supports a continuous viewing area of the display device that extends across the plurality of housings and the flexible hinge structure.”

You can view the images from the patent documentation below:

microsoft patent mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure

microsoft patent: mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure

You can read the full patent HERE.


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