Company Files Suit VS. Microsoft over Live Tiles

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A small tech firm considers Microsoft to be in hot water over the tile style appearing in Windows 8.

The company known as SurfCast as filed suit, claiming it originally developed the live tile idea over a decade ago.

“We developed the concept of Tiles in the 1990s, which was ahead of its time. Microsoft’s Live Tiles are the centerpiece of Microsoft’s new Operating Systems and are covered by our patent,” commented SurfCast CEO Ovid Santoro via the website.

Live tiles prominently feature updated app info and take the place of the Windows’ start icon.

The tech firm notes it “designs Operating System technology.” Its website (, however, doesn’t contain much information minus the filing of the suit. It also cites four patens, the first appearing in 2000, with the latest having a filing date of 2008.

Microsoft previously refrained from describing its new OS as “metro” after an earlier legal controversy.