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Multiple Source Windows for Online Collaboration Screen Sharing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000182915D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 126K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a user interface solution that seamlessly integrates the ability to display and control remote application windows into an on-line collaboration application such that presenters can easily share applications running on computers other than their own. The interface for this solution would allow participants in an on-line meeting to grant the current meeting presenter access to designated application windows running on their computer. The presenter would then be able to display any of these remotely accessible windows in a manner identical to the way in which he or she would display local application windows.

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Multiple Source Windows for Online Collaboration Screen Sharing

Disclosed is a user interface solution that seamlessly integrates the ability to display and control remote application windows into an on-line collaboration application such that presenters can easily share applications running on computers other than their own. The interface for this solution would allow participants in an on-line meeting to grant the current meeting presenter access to designated application windows running on their computer. The presenter would then be able to display any of these remotely accessible windows in a manner identical to the way in which he or she would display local application windows.

A further extension to this interface solution would allow participants to designate for each shared application window, whether it is displayable only or both displayable and controllable by the presenter.

While existing applications currently allow some degree of remote window sharing in an on-line collaborative environment, these applications do so with limited function and usability flaws. The novelty in this disclosure involves the following:
the seamless integration of remote window sharing into an on-line collaboration application user interface, as well as, the ability for participants in an on-line collaboration meeting to dynamically grant access to application windows running on their machines and to designate each shared window as displayable only or both displayable and controllable.

The disclosed user interface solution builds upon existing on-line collaboration applications that allow presenters to share content displayed on their computer screen with participants logged into a networked meeting. The content shared by a presenter can be everything currently displayed on their computer screen or a smaller designated area of their screen. Often, presenters are also allowed to share a selected subset of the user interface windows being displayed on their screen. These windows correspond to applications currently running on their computer.

The disclosed user interface solution further addresses a limitation in such screen sharing situations, wherein the presenter can share content only from applications running on his or her own computer. If another participant in the meeting is running an application on a different computer and the presenter would like to share that application, the presenter cannot directly do so. The presenter must choose to cease presenting and designate the participant owning the running application as the new presenter. In this scenario, the original pres...