Patent Number: 7,788,257

Title: Easy-to-use data report specification

Abstract: A method and system for the graphical specification and modification of reports is disclosed which enables data reports to be easily created via a report design dialogue. The report design dialogue includes a group-level outline panel containing controls for grouping, as well as other report controls such as those for sorting and aggregating. A method and system for creating a group-level outline panel using an existing database report is also disclosed. Finally, a computer-readable medium storing a computer-interpretable data structure that stores one or more report specifications is disclosed.

Inventors: Kihneman; Brian E. (Seattle, WA), Covington; Clinton D. (Kirkland, WA), Karimov; Pavel R. (Redmond, WA), Cooper; Robert (Woodinville, WA), Woodall; Zachary P. (Issaquah, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018