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Calendar Initiated Desktop Environment Changes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198138D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an innovation for a desktop environment profile associated with calendar events at the time of scheduling in order to trigger the system to launch specific applications on the desktops of meeting participants.

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Calendar Initiated Desktop Environment Changes

Existing calendar clients do not affect the desktop other than to provide a notification of an upcoming meeting. For recurring meetings or meetings that have a specific theme, however, the client might employ a specific application or desktop setting change that always occurs before or at a certain point during a meeting. At the same time, during a meeting, an event creator might recognize the need to open or change the state of specific applications. In order to leverage existing applications that respond to calendar changes, users need a system to allow an active or passive way for them to have the desktop environment modified based upon the upcoming events on the calendar.

Known possible solutions and the differentiators of this invention include:

A design for a calendar system with events, that may or may not customize information about a user based on said events. [1] The system described here has equivalent capabilities, but extends the idea and focuses on these capabilities using automated responses in the form of programs on the local operating system (OS), which may be customized via macros or user dialogs.

Triggering based on calendar events where the method to manually launch select applications is based on creating an event at a specific time. [2] The system described here is an improvement of this idea because it includes an automated system as well as the manual system for creating event launchers.

A Java applet calendar for a web page. [3] The disclosed method uses a calendar to organize information but is far more robust and not simply a web application.

Creating scripted suggestions focused on many applications on a personal digital assistant (PDA). [4] This only mentions calendar setups as suggestions that would occur based on a name, not on a scheduled calendar event.

An idea where the observation detector again only mentions calendaring, and does not suggest opening programs based on calendar events or times. [5]

The disclosed innovation is a desktop environment profile associated with calendar events. It adds the ability to associate desktop actions, such as opening, closing, or modifying the actions of applications, with the start, middle, or end of a calendar event. This enhancement to the creation and/or handling process of calendar events allows the event creator or attendee to specify actions to occur on participants' desktops such as, but not limited to:

Opening/Closing application x,y, or z before, during, or at the conclusion of the event. For example:

o Open a browser with the provided web conference url immediately before the meeting time

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o Open the meeting minutes document at the beginning of the meeting

o Set up a phone conference

Bring specific windows to the forefront

Launch the installed Instant Messenger application to contact individuals if they are on the meeting invitation list and have not called into the meeting after a designate...