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Microsoft Patent Describes Messaging from Images Solution

A Microsoft Patent suggests a way to send messages to people based on their appearance in an image, without contact information.


's efforts in messaging tools have largely revolved around . However, services like and Messenger are leading in terms of personal chat solutions. Microsoft continues to work on a solution that will make communication more efficient.

A new describes a system for simpler communication. Titled STARTING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION BASED ON CAPTURED IMAGE, the patent aims to use a captured image to connect with contacts within the photo.

In other words, the solution would connect with contacts in an image without the need for email addresses or phone numbers:

“Techniques for starting an electronic communication based on a captured image are disclosed in. In some embodiments, a computer system detects that an image has been captured by a camera on a first mobile device of a first user, where the captured image has been captured by the camera at a point in time, and, in response to detecting that the image has been captured, the computer system identifies at least one other user in the captured image. In some example embodiments, the computer system transmits a message to an electronic destination associated with the other user (s) based on the identifying of the other user (s) in the captured image.”


It's unclear how this technology would be implemented. It's possible Microsoft could introduce it into Skype eventually. As always, it is worth pointing out that like all patents, there's no guarantee this technology will ever be released.

That said, it's certainly an interesting idea that we hope this is something Microsoft will continue development on this tool.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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