Browse Prior Art Database

Method of Retrieving Free/Busy Status Calendar Data from a Desktop Server and Displaying it on a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131820D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 10K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

When scheduling a meeting on a mobile device, there is no way to determine if invitees are Free or Busy at the time selected. However, Desktop software of the same calendar application (e.g., Microsoft Outlook) may enable users to check all invitees’ schedules against the time chosen. Adding the feature of wirelessly checking calendar free/busy status on a mobile device is desirable.

This text was extracted from a Microsoft Word document.
At least one non-text object (such as an image or picture) has been suppressed.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 58% of the total text.

WIRELESS ACCESS TO FREE/BUSY STATUS CALENDAR DATA

Method of Retrieving Free/Busy Status Calendar Data from a Desktop Server and Displaying it on a

Mobile

Device

Disclosed Anonymously

When scheduling a meeting on a mobile device, there is no way to determine if invitees are Free or Busy at the time selected. However, Desktop software of the same calendar application (e.g., Microsoft Outlook) may enable users to check all invitees’ schedules against the time chosen. Adding the feature of wirelessly checking calendar free/busy status on a mobile device is desirable.

This proposed solution would allow users to see their invitees’ free/busy status so that they could more approriately chose a time to schudle a meeting. The results could come in two ways:

 

  1. List the availability of the invitees given a specific time
  2. Suggest a best time given a time range

1. List the invitee availability given the time range

 

  • The user will create an appointment on their device and invite the list of people whom they wish to attend.
  • Rather than sending the invitations right away, a request will be sent to the server with the invitee list to query the chosen time for availability.
  • The server will return information to the device which will indicate the availability of each user at the given time. For example, this information could be sent using CICAL (UI in the appointment), CMIME (a message), or some other mechanism.
  • At this point the organizer can chose to reschedule the meeting or to send the inv...