"There is nothing surprising about this patent. You can find crap like it pumped out by big software companies every day of the week, including from supposedly 'open source friendly' big names, for why, I have no idea."
As long as courts are taking on patent cases against computer software companies, companies are going to patent anything they can, even if they do not plan to use it or it may not even be truly patentable. Just because a "good" company owns a "bad/foolish" patent does not mean they plan to harm others, rather it may be the opposite. I believe big companies like to collect useless patents for bargaining chips.