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A system of desktop management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200288D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

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Abstract

Today common users, in order to interact with their PC and accomplish a specific task, are requested to have a non-intuitive knowledge of files and software paradigm. A lot of applications come preinstalled with the PC; each of them is intended to perform a specific action in order to help people to speed up in their daily work. For instance applications like Word help people writing well formatted documents, syntactically correct, etc; Lotus Notes helps people managing their emails (writing, reading, storing, ..); Excel helps people writing diagram, spreadsheets; and so on. Moreover, the same operation can be performed by more than one application which handle a same file format or a proprietary one. For example it is possible to listen to music with different mp3 player programs. All this means that, for how desktops environment are implemented today, in order to handle a specific operation (whether it is writing a document, viewing a photo, listening to music) user must choose which application(s) can perform it, find it in the desktop of the PC (if some link was created at install time either by the application or an administrator) or navigate inside the directories and files tree of the operative system. The same problem occurs when a user wants to find any document, photo, video, mail, and so on: all of them are spread over the file system and the user has to know their exact location in order to retrieve them. This scenario may be not suitable for starter users or people not having much experience with the internal structure of the Operative System.

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A system of desktop management

  Today common users, in order to interact with their PC and accomplish a specific task, are requested to have a non-intuitive knowledge of files and software paradigm.

A lot of applications come preinstalled with the PC; each of them is intended to perform a specific action in order to help people to speed up in their daily work.

For instance applications like Word help people writing well formatted documents, syntactically correct, etc; Lotus Notes helps people managing their emails (writing, reading, storing, ..); Excel helps people writing diagram, spreadsheets; and so on.

Moreover, the same operation can be performed by more than one application. They may be able to handle the same file format or proprietary one. For example it is possible to listen
to music with different mp3 player programs.

All this means that, for how desktops environment are implemented today, in order to handle a specific operation (whether it is writing a document, viewing a photo, listening to music) user must choose which application(s) can perform it, find it in the desktop of the PC (if some link was created at install time either by the application or an administrator) or navigate inside the directories and files tree of the operative system.

The same problem occurs when a user wants to find any document, photo, video, mail, and so on: all of them are spread over the file system and the user has to know their exact location in order to retrieve them.

This scenario may be not suitable for starter users or people not having much experience with the internal structure of the Operative System.Computer technology is intended to help people in performing their work: this should be done in a transparent and simple way as much as possible, without requesting any particular knowledge or further effort.

To help the user, a new type of desktop is proposed.

The isea is to hide the user as much as possible any operating system logic, cataloguing typical use cases in user-friendly, more intuitive fashion.

Computer should directly match to a specific user intention, but rather, the desktop environment should have to suggest

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the user accomplishing directly her/his intention, transforming the desktop from a container of icons to an active assistant.

For instance, if a user wants to write a document, he has to know what editor is suitable for writing documents, find it in her/his desktop environment, write it, and save it somewh...