Patent Number: 8,819,668

Title: Accessible limited distribution release software change catalog

Abstract: A catalog for maintaining a store of public and private limited distribution release software changes in a single location. A method for distributing limited distribution release software changes to clients via a network comprises receiving a search request, authenticating the client, querying a database of limited distribution release software changes, filtering the returned data according to a screening criteria, and providing the returned data to the client. A further method receives a request from a client to develop a limited distribution release software change, develops the limited distribution release software change, adds the developed limited distribution release software change to a catalog, notifies the client, and provides an interface to the client for accessing. A system further links knowledge base entries with related limited distribution release software changes.

Inventors: Clinton; Nate (Sammamish, WA), Koneru; Karuna (Redmond, WA), Meulemans; Michael (Renton, WA), Vaidyanathan; Anand (Kirkland, WA), He; Dandan (Redmond, WA), Cupp; Phil (Sammamish, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/44 (20060101); G06F 9/445 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018