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System and Method for Pinning Important Threads to the Top of the Unified Message List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131900D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

Users of mobile email solutions are often overwhelmed with the amount of information arriving in their unified inbox. Important email messages often scroll off the bottom of the screen as more recent email takes the top spots in the date-sorted inbox. Once an important email is off the screen, it becomes easier to forget about it. This proposed solution gives users the ability to declare "important" email threads. Important messages can be any message that they have an action item on or a message that they wish to monitor for subsequent replies or any other reason that is meaningful to them. The message-list ordering would be modified to roll up all related messages into a single thread line. Important messages would appear at the top of the list followed by all other threads. For date-sorting, the threads would be sorted based on the date of the most recent message. The displayed name in each thread line would be the sender of the most recent message. Once the message or thread is selected (either in the message list or by viewing the message) a menu item would be available to "Mark Important". This thread will be moved to the top of the unified inbox and remain there with the other important threads. If an important thread is selected, a menu item would be available to "Mark Unimportant". The icons beside the message threads would also need to be adjusted. We would need an unread counter for each message thread. If any unread message within a thread has high priority, then the thread should be shown with a high priority icon. If the most recent message in a thread is outgoing, then the thread icon should show its transmission status. The default menu item for a thread should be to expand the view. This could be an inline expansion or it could launch a new message list window with a list of the contained messages. This solution differs from others by pinning important email messages at the top of your message list so that they don't get bumped off the screen as more and more messages come in.

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PINNING IMPORTATION THREADS

System and Method for Pinning Important Threads to the Top of the Unified Message List

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Users of mobile email solutions are often overwhelmed with the amount of information arriving in their unified inbox. Important email messages often scroll off the bottom of the screen as more recent email takes the top spots in the date-sorted inbox. Once an important email is off the screen, it becomes easier to forget about it.

This proposed solution gives users the ability to declare "important" email threads. Important messages can be any message that they have an action item on or a message that they wish to monitor for subsequent replies or any other reason that is meaningful to them.

The message-list ordering would be modified to roll up all related messages into a single thread line. Important messages would appear at the top of the list followed by all other threads. For date-sorting, the threads would be sorted based on the date of the most recent message. The displayed name in each thread line would be the sender of the most recent message.

Once the message or thread is selected (either in the message list or by viewing the message) a menu item would be available to "Mark Important". This thread will be moved to the top of the unified inbox and remain there with the other important threads. If an important thread is selected, a menu item would be available to "Mark Unimportant".

The icons beside the message threads would also ne...