Call privacy feature in Windows 10

Microsoft’s latest patent hints at a unique concept that would improve the caller ID feature on our devices. The patent application in the question has nothing to do with the rumoured devices such as Andromeda.

First discovered by us, a patent titled “Cross Device Companion Application For Phone” was published by USPTO on 13th September 2018 and it was filed by Microsoft on 14th May 2018. The patent is quite interesting as it has explained a system that will feature advanced caller ID.

In the patent application, Microsoft explains that the system would not only indentify the party but also the intention forĀ a call and an action.

“Before caller-id, someone receiving a phone call had no idea who was calling. After caller-id, the recipient might have known who was calling, but wouldn’t have known why. Even if the recipient knew who was calling and why, the recipient still might have had to take several actions to find documents and applications that were relevant to the phone call. Thus, phone calls were often seen as intrusions and may have been ignored rather than answered because the recipient had neither the time nor inclination to experience a context shift,” Microsoft writes in the background section of the patent.

The patent further explains that Microsoft’s system could generate a to-do list automatically based on the intentions, the actions, and on subject matter or content discussed or accessed during the [business] call.

Microsoft patent for caller ID system

Microsoft has explained the patent method below:

“Example apparatus and methods concern establishing context for a phone call. A computing device is controlled to display content and applications that are relevant for the call during the call. A party on the call is identified using data received from a phone used by the party. The relevant content and the relevant application are identified using actions (e.g., purchase to make, call to make) and intentions (e.g., family matter, business matter) identified in text provided in a text-based transcript of the call. The text-based transcript is provided in real time by a natural language processing (NLP) service during the call. The devices are controlled to selectively present the relevant content and the relevant application to make the call more automated and more productive. A to-do list is automatically generated based on the intentions, the actions, and on subject matter or content discussed or accessed during the call”.