Patent Number: 7,788,290

Title: Automatic file conversion to a target format

Abstract: A conversion tool that is automatically launched enables file formats not understood by a given application to be opened by that application. The converter registers for file types that are not already associated with an application used by the system. When a file that is not supported by another application is opened, the converter automatically converts the file to the target format and then opens the file causing the application that is registered for the target format to be launched.

Inventors: Little; Robert A. (Redmond, WA), Bailor; Jonathan (Bellevue, WA), Bunker; Benjamin J. (Bellevue, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/00 (20060101); G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018