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METHOD OF JOINT APPLICATION SHARING

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Publication Date: 2017-May-10
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Yasi Xi: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described herein are techniques for joint application sharing. These techniques permit multiple participants in an online meeting to share different applications at the same time. Multi-application share, auto restore, and auto layout features may be introduced for an improved user experience.

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METHOD OF JOINT APPLICATION SHARING

AUTHORS: Yasi Xi

Zhaocai Wang Jason Ding Watson Xu

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

Described herein are techniques for joint application sharing. These techniques

permit multiple participants in an online meeting to share different applications at the same

time. Multi-application share, auto restore, and auto layout features may be introduced for

an improved user experience.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Online meetings typically involve participants who wish to collaborate to solve a

problem. Generally, none of the participants is able to solve the problem alone or access

sufficient information or tools to solve the problem. Instead, they have to work “on the

same page.”

In an example online meeting for production issue troubleshooting, there are four

participants: Alex, Bob, Carl and David.

• Only Alex is privileged to access production log in data center A.

• Only Bob is privileged to access production log in data center B.

• Only Carl is privileged to run a specific data analysis tool.

• Only David has a local testbed to reproduce the production issue and debug.

The best way for them to collaborate is to work on a virtual shared desktop in which

each of the four participants can access the production logs, run the data analysis tool,

check the issue using business logic, and produce it in local testbed and debug.

Existing online meeting solution are capable of enabling this type of collaboration,

but only in a cumbersome way.

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• Whenever Carl wants to look at production log in data center A, he asks Alex to

share application or desktop.

• Whenever Carl wants to look at production log in data center B, he asks Bob to

share application or desktop.

• Whenever David wants to do some data analysis, he asks Carl to share application

or desktop.

• Whenever the others want to see the local testbed and debugging, they ask David

to share application or desktop.

Since only one application or desktop can be shared at the same time in a meeting,

the application/desktop sharing may be switched from one participant to another very

frequently. This leads to poor user experience and low productivity. As such, described

herein are techniques of joint application sharing by combining multiple applications from

multiple participants at the same time to enable all the participants to work on a single

virtual desktop without frequent application/desktop switching.

These techniques allow every participant in a meeting to share one or more

applications with others at the same time. In addition, application sharing from all co-

presenters contribute to an entire virtual desktop which is shared to all participants. The

following example illustrates these characteristics. In this example:

• There are six participants in an online meeting: Alex, Bob, Carl, David, Evan, and

Frank.

• Alex, Bob, Carl, and David are co-presenters.

• All six participants (i.e., including the...