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Microsoft wants to make building a PC a breeze

Would you like a desktop computer you could break off into pieces and put back into a smartphone from its parts, in just a few minutes, with basically no need for a screwdriver or any extensive knowledge on how computers actually work?

Sounds a bit far-fetched, I know, but that’s pretty much what Microsoft patented last year, but everyone noticed just now.

A new Microsoft patent appeared online recently, protecting the act of upgrading a PC with what the company calls a ‘modular computing device’.

The patent, filed on July 7 2015, aims to turn desktop PCs into Lego bricks, basically.

It features a "display device physically and communicatively coupled to the housing via a hinge, and one or more display hardware elements disposed within the housing that are configured to output a display for display by the display device".

Microsoft also says "a computing device may be configured as a computer that is capable of communicating over the network, such as a desktop computer, a mobile station, an entertainment appliance, a set-top box communicatively coupled to a display device, a wireless phone, a game console, and so forth".

The devices could "range from full resource devices with substantial memory and processor resources (e.g. personal computers, game consoles) to a low-resource device with limited memory and/or processing resources". So yeah, pick up a few pieces from your PC and build yourself a smartphone.

Microsoft is not the first company to come up with the idea. Intel and Razer both introduced similar concepts before.

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.