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Mail server's automatic out off office message notification to sametime (chat) server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000177370D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Dec-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Dec-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device (system, circuit, etc.) for syncing the "Out Of Office" message in their mail server with the chat server. When people go on vacation, they update the "Out Of Office" message in their mail server. If an email is sent to the person on vacation that has set the “Out of Office” option, an “Out Of Office” email is sent to the sender. However, most interaction between people is based through a chat messenger (i.e. Sametime in IBM). Many people will spend a considerable amount of time waiting for the person to come online; unaware that the other person is on vacation.

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Mail server's automatic out off office message notification to sametime (chat) server

When people go on vacation, they update the "Out Of Office" message in their mail server. If an email is sent to the person on vacation that has set the Out of Office option, an Out Of Office email is sent to the sender. However, most interaction between people is based through a chat messenger (i.e. Sametime™ in IBM™). Many people will spend a considerable amount of time waiting for the person to come online; unaware that the other person is on vacation.

Thus, the mail server shall update the Sametime (chat) server when a person sets the "Out Of Office" option. The chat server shall move the person into a special folder, the "OOF" folder, when the person logs in. For example, "User1" has included "User2" in the "work" folder. If "User2" has set the "OOF" message in the mail server, then the mail server shall update the Sametime server. When "User1" logs into their Sametime, the Sametime server shall move "User2" from "work" folder to "OOF" folder.

Here is the flow"
1. "User1" has included "User2" in "work" folder.
2. "User2" sets OOF message in mail server.
3. Mail server updates the Sametime server that "User2" has set OOF message.
4. When "User1" logs into Sametime, the sametime server moves the "User2" from the "work" folder to a special "OOF" server.
5. When "User2" disables the OOF message, the Sametime server will move the "User2" b...