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Receive transferred files to email feature in instant message client

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192852D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Feb-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Feb-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for receiving files, transferred via an instant messaging application, directly to email. Recipients of file transfers have the option to store the transferred files directly to email rather than to the recipient's hard drive. This is beneficial for users of shared computers, users who utilize email as a work queue manager, and users whose devices do not support file transfer, as examples.

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Receive transferred files to email feature in instant message client

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Disclosed is a method and system for receiving files, transferred via an instant messaging application, directly to email. Most instant messaging applications available today provide the ability to transfer files directly from one user to another. While this is very convenient, some users would prefer to not save the received files to the hard drive. Possible reasons include: the recipient is using a shared computer, the recipient doesn't have time to handle the file now and doesn't want to forget about it later, or the recipient already has a file with the same name stored to the recipient's hard drive and doesn't want to confuse the files (e.g., multiple versions of a presentation in progress). A possible solution is for the recipient to reject the transfer and ask the sender to email the file. This would be annoying to the sender, who has already taken the time to find the file and initiate the transfer to the recipient. It would be especially annoying to the sender if the sender doesn't have an email application open.

This article suggests adding a "receive to email" option in the instant message client, where a recipient would indicate that recipient wants to receive a file (or all transferred files) in recipient"s email rather than save it to the hard drive. This has an advantage over the known solution above in that the sender does not need to know the recipient's preference and does not need to take a different or secondary action. Anot...