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System and Method of Synchronizing Calendar Dismiss and Snooze Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131844D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

Whenever I get back from a vacation, I start my mail application (e.g., Outlook) and wait for several minutes for it to show the calendar reminders for all the appointments that I had while I was away. I would then dismiss all the dialog boxes because the appointments have already passed. This is especially bad for someone who is out of the office for long periods of time (e.g., on maternity leave).

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CALENDAR DISMISS/SNOOZE SYNCHRONIZATION

System and Method of Synchronizing Calendar Dismiss and Snooze Events

Disclosed Anonymously

Whenever I get back from a vacation, I start my mail application (e.g., Outlook) and wait for several minutes for it to show the calendar reminders for all the appointments that I had while I was away. I would then dismiss all the dialog boxes because the appointments have already passed. This is especially bad for someone who is out of the office for long periods of time (e.g., on maternity leave).

Connecting to the corporate network after being away for a long period of time takes a long time, especially over a dial-up connection. For example, over a dial-up connection my laptop comes to a halt while Outlook shows a whole bunch of reminders.

Mobile devices that receive email exist where corporate mail and calendar events are pushed directly to the device. Since mobile users may have already viewed the calendar events on their mobile device while they were out of the office, it is pointless to show all the reminders again at the desktop.

The proposed solution includes a system such that, when an appointment is dismissed on a mobile device, the changes are synchronized back to the mail server, notifying the mail server about this change. If the mail application (e.g., Outlook) is currently prompting the user for the appointment, the dialog is automatically dismissed. If the user does not have the mail application open, upon running the mail appl...