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Mechanism and Apparatus for Calendar-Phonemail Cross-Reference

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110814D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often times electronic office users schedule teleconferences or meetings based on telephone conversations or messages left or saved on their PhoneMail*. Often these messages contain information, e.g., an agenda, a brief description of subject matter, etc., which are preserved in the PhoneMail past the meeting date. Commonly, users desire to review any related phone messages to re-brief themselves. However, there is no convenient way to index through those phone messages that are related to an upcoming meeting or teleconference.

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Mechanism and Apparatus for Calendar-Phonemail Cross-Reference

      Often times electronic office users schedule teleconferences or
meetings based on telephone conversations or messages left or saved
on their PhoneMail*.  Often these messages contain information, e.g.,
an agenda, a brief description of subject matter, etc., which are
preserved in the PhoneMail past the meeting date.  Commonly, users
desire to review any related phone messages to re-brief themselves.
However, there is no convenient way to index through those phone
messages that are related to an upcoming meeting or teleconference.

      This article provides a mechanism that allows users to access
the PhoneMail messages related to a meeting or conference call
scheduled on the users' calendars.  This enables the electronic
office users to access their PhoneMail messages from their calendar
entries.  More specifically, when a calendar notice is displayed,
users are presented with options to play back and listen to any
associated PhoneMail messages.  Users can select or highlight a
telephone number or a name from a meeting notice posted on their
calendar and an executable responsible for scanning the PhoneMail
messages searches and plays back the matched messages.  Users can
delete the PhoneMail messages if no longer needed by selecting
another option.

Essential elements for this mechanism include:

o   An executable Dialer responsible for accessing user's PhoneMail
    using a user customiz...