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Enhancing email message storage efficiency and convenience by providing the optional "Expiry date/time" field in a composed message, which will cause automatic deletion of this message at the time, set in the "Expiry date/time" field, in the recipient's device; letting the sender to delete a previously sent message in the recipient's device by sending a special "cancel" message

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131838D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Email folders are often cluttered with messages making no sense at the present time. For example, information about (i) problems that have been solved (e.g. "The server is down", "The server is up and running"), (ii) conditions that are no more valid (e.g. "These prices are valid until next Tuesday"), (iii) overdue requests (e.g. "The last day the applications are accepted is January 1st"). In addition, there may be messages sent by mistake or discovered to be wrong some time later after sending out. The senders of such messages should be given an opportunity to delete them in the recipients’ devices. This opportunity, however, will be controlled by the recipient's email settings. When the senders remove unnecessary messages, recipients will benefit by saving storage space and can easily organize their mail-boxes (navigating and cleaning). 1. When composing a message, the sender will be able to fill in an optional field "Expiry date/time". After the message has been received, the software in the recipient’s device will delete this message automatically according to the set expiry date/time. 2. If the sender finds out that the message he has sent is (i) erroneous, or (ii) sent by mistake, or (iii) not actual anymore, he will be able to send a special "Cancel" message which will erase the original message from the recipient’s device. Upon receipt of such a message, the software of this device, after proper sender's identification, will find and erase the original message. Such a control over received messages by the sender should be preventable by the recipient by setting the corresponding options.

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Enhanced Email-Message Storage Management

Enhancing email message storage efficiency and convenience by providing the optional "Expiry date/time" field in a composed message, which will cause automatic deletion of this message at the time, set in the "Expiry date/time" field, in the recipient's device; letting the sender to delete a previously sent message in the recipient's device by sending a special "cancel" message

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Email folders are often cluttered with messages making no sense at the present time. For example, information about (i) problems that have been solved (e.g. "The server is down", "The server is up and running"), (ii) conditions that are no more valid (e.g. "These prices are valid until next Tuesday"), (iii) overdue requests (e.g. "The last day the applications are accepted is January 1st"). In addition, there may be messages sent by mistake or discovered to be wrong some time later after sending out. The senders of such messages should be given an opportunity to delete them in the recipients’ devices. This opportunity, however, will be controlled by the recipient's email settings.

When the senders remove unnecessary messages, recipients will benefit by saving storage space and can easily organize their mail-boxes (navigating and cleaning).

1. When composing a message, the sender will be able to fill in an optional field "Expiry date/time". After the message has been received, the software in the recipient’s device will delete this mes...