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Using the cloud to provide compatible applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237844D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use a configurable cloud repository to host application-to-content mappings as well as associated installable applications or cloud services.

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Using the cloud to provide compatible applications

New computing platforms are rapidly leading to a broader selection of applications available for specific tasks. When one user sends a file or document to another, the sender does not necessarily know which application the recipient will use to open it.

Modern operating systems have configurable and pluggable file associations that allow received content to be loaded with installed software. Operating systems can also have a web-search capability to find new applications for content that has no file association. However, a general-purpose search result does not necessarily represent the best application choice, or the user's first choice.

The disclosed solution proposes the use of a configurable cloud repository to host application-to-content mappings as well as associated installable applications or cloud services. When opening content with no file association, instead of using the operating system to identify file association, the method configures the operating system to use a cloud association repository. The cloud association repository stores the file associations as well as links to applications (when available) for download or use as a

web service.

The solution provides an association service that recommends applications based on user context, such as company, time of day, location, computing platform, computing habits, preferences, cost, etc. The cloud-enabled association service then deploys software as needed based on the identified application. It also provides or hosts or links to a content conversion service to convert the content into a format for available applications.

The proposed solution intelligently identifies applications in the cloud, removing the responsibility from the user to have the application or the comparable application installed on the users machine.

For example, sales and marketing teams at Company A create word documents. The teams share these documents with developers, who do not have word processing or

editing programs installed to accommodate the sent files. To open a word document, the developer has to identify and use the only applic...