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Mail Archive Aggregation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000226032D
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for enhancing the user interface in an email application such that it combines the list of current email folders and user-selected email archives into a single view.

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Mail Archive Aggregation System

Users organize email into many separate folders. Due to mail server size limits, the saved mail often needs to be archived; however, users still need to access that mail or those mail folders. In order to access archived email, a user must first search different places to see the old mail (e.g., open the appropriate archive). What is missing is the capability to select various views in one place. For example, an email system archive might not allow the user to search across the active mail or archives. A user must individually look through each mail file.

The invention is a method for enhancing the user interface in an email application such that it combines the list of current email folders and user-selected email archives into a single view. The default view shows only the current mail folder and not the archived mail (as is the current method).

The invented method provides the capability to select from an email application drop down list one or multiple archives to view from within the email view. This drop down list provides check boxes next to each known archive, such that the user can select from "default archive" and/or "archive from 2011" and/or "archive from 2012", etc. The invention provides font capabilities (i.e., indicators) to allow the user to easily know if the view is of an archive on the hard disk or the current mail folder.

The novel contributions of the invention include:


• Integrating local archives and visu...