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OS/2 Office: Delayed Delivery for Mail Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107401D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method in which an OS/2* Office user will be able to set a date and/or time in which a mail item will be released and mailed to others on the network. Setting a date/time will take some of the load off the mail server because users will be able to create the mail item during regular hours and have it delivered during off hours.

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OS/2 Office: Delayed Delivery for Mail Items

       This article describes a method in which an OS/2* Office
user will be able to set a date and/or time in which a mail item
will be released and mailed to others on the network. Setting a
date/time will take some of the load off the mail server because
users will be able to create the mail item during regular hours and
have it delivered during off hours.

      In OS/2 Office, the user has the ability to send mail items to
other users on the system.  Mail items include notes, documents and
files.  The user can send items to one or more recipients.

      Currently, when an OS/2 Office user sends an item, the item is
sent to the mail server.  The server captures the item, verifies the
recipients' user IDs and immediately sends the items to all valid
users. If one or more of the recipients are invalid, the mail server
notifies the sender.

      A performance problem can arise when a user sends a large mail
item to many users.  This large job will put a heavy strain on the
mail server, thus hindering other users on the network to perform
mail functions.

      The invention within involves giving a user the ability to set
a date/time attribute attached to a mail item.  The attribute tells
the mail server to hold the mail item until the date/time has
expired.  At that time, the mail item will be released and sent to
the recipients specified by the sender.  The following is one idea on
how the invention would be implemented.

      When a user send...