Microsoft is in the process of trying to patent the idea of a panoramic user interface as found in the yet to be released Windows Phone 7 Series operating system.

According to documents dug up from the patent office, Microsoft filed a patent application for “Panoramic user interface” in September 2008.

The trick with the operating system is that each hub loads one large page that you reveal by scrolling from left to right to reveal more of the page as if the screen is window.

Microsoft are hoping that if the patent is successful it will stop others copying their idea giving them something very unique.