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You will soon be able to track laptops in case of theft, Microsoft patent reveals

The feature sounds very similar to what you already have on your iPhone or Android smartphones.

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Patent and patent applications don’t necessarily turn into commercial products, regardless of how awesome the concept is. While some do turn into reality, the patents usually reveal the vision or perhaps future plans of a company. Of late we’ve seen a slew of interesting patents from Apple and Samsung. And now Microsoft’s new patent has been spotted online, which is aimed at securing devices in the case of theft.

Locating or tracking features for smartphones isn’t particularly new, but nonetheless a handy feature. Microsoft’s new patent is based on same fundamentals and allows users to disable and wipe data when a laptop goes missing or is stolen. The feature allows users to remotely disable the laptop. The patent, spotted by MSPowerUser, is based on Microsoft’s “always-connected” PCs concept. The company is apparently making efforts to provide security features to its PC users that are pretty basic with Android and iOS. According to the patent, the feature works like an “emergency” feature that is similar to features on the phone that lets users control their devices even if their they don’t have SIM cards. ALSO READ: Beginners guide for those switching from Windows to Mac

The patent reads, “At least some embodiments described herein relate to the restricted use of a cellular network to facilitate disablement of a device that is suspected lost or stolen. Accordingly, even if the device is not capable of general use of the cellular network (e.g., due to a physical authentication module, such as a subscriber identity module, being absent and/or due to a software restriction on cellular network access), disablement communications are still permitted across the cellular network.”

“… efforts by an unauthorized possessor of the device to prevent disablement by removing the physical authentication module are thwarted. Likewise, turning the cellular service off using software settings at the device also does not prevent the device from being disabled via cellular network communication,” it further read. ALSO READ: Windows 10 Mobile gets a new update as Microsoft tries to keep the platform up and running

As we have said, patents don’t necessarily become reality, but in this case, the feature kind of looks pretty cool and much needed for PC users. So far, PC users have to rely on third-party software to track their devices. An integrated tracking feature into Windows will make a lot of sense for users.

  • Published Date: June 27, 2017 2:51 PM IST