User-Specified Time-Limited Data Synchronization
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-15
Disclosed is a technique for a user to limit the amount of data synchronized between a handheld device and a server by the variable of time. With this, the user can optimize the synchronization experience by forcing the system to monitor the amount of time elapsed during the operation and terminating it when appropriate. Further, the user may prioritize items to synchronize within this time period, such as synchronizing all urgent emails first, then all new calendar events, and so forth. Similarly, in circumstances in which there is a fee associated with wireless connectivity, a network administrator may create a device profile or some other specification that limits the total of a user's synchronization activity to a specific amount of time each hour, day, or week.