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1. US20160275194 - Query formulation via task continuum

Office United States of America
Application Number 14736080
Application Date 10.06.2015
Publication Number 20160275194
Publication Date 22.09.2016
Grant Number 10169467
Grant Date 01.01.2019
Publication Kind B2
IPC
G06F 17/30
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
17Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
30Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
H04L 29/08
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
29Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04L1/-H04L27/136
02Communication control; Communication processing
06characterised by a protocol
08Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
CPC
G06F 17/30395
G06F 17/30528
G06F 17/3053
G06F 17/30554
G06F 17/30867
H04L 67/22
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
67Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications
22Tracking the activity of the user
Applicants Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
Inventors Paul Valentin Borza
Junyan Lin
Vaibhav Parikh
Title
(EN) Query formulation via task continuum
Abstract
(EN)

Architecture that comprises a mediation component which identifies engaged applications and, gathers and actively monitors information from the engaged applications (e.g., text displayed directly to the user, text embedded in photos, fingerprint of songs, etc.) to infer the working context of a user. The inferred context can then be handed over to one of the applications, such as a browser (in a form which does not cross the privacy barrier) to provide improved ranking for the suggested queries through the preferred search provider. Since the context is inferred into concepts, no PII (personally-identifiable information) is communicated without user consent—only very high-level contextual concepts are provided to the search engines.