Microsoft registers email patent

Macworld Daily News published an article about Microsoft, who has registered US patent number 6,895,426 on Tuesday.

The present invention is directed at a system and process for allowing a user to treat email addresses as objects. This allows easy manipulation of the email addresses, such as allowing them to be added to a contact list, copied to the computer’s clipboard, or double-clicked to open the related contact information for that email address sender. Email addresses are treated as objects in the message preview pane and full message windows of both incoming and outgoing email messages. A small icon is added to the text of each address.

Will we see this technology in Office 12?

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