The idea that Microsoft could be working on an iMac competitor is not something new, as it has been spotted in the rumor mill more than once. Now everything seems to be closer to the real deal since Patently Apple has just unveiled highlights from a Microsoft patent that covers a modular desktop computer, the second such patent from the Redmond giant.
The patent, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month, reveals a highly customizable device that can be used to replace more than just an iMac-like all-in-one PC. Depending on the modules used, a Microsoft device built according to the schematics shown in the patent can act as a portable TV set, a game console, or an all-in-one PC with a display that could fold down automatically or manually.
The device would use a display part, a computing part, and one for accessories. Each of the three could accommodate various modules. Now, it only remains to see when will such a device become available, but considering the push of the modular design in the mobile world, the modular Microsoft all-in-one might be ready just in time for the anticipated rebound of the PC market that is expected for 2017-2018.
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