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Time-based Acceptance of Email

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022098D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-24

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Users may buy resources from another company for certain periods of time daily e.g. on-demand computing from IBM. Let us assume that a user wants to have email delivered only for a period of 4 off-peak hours everyday. The user's email account will be inactive for the rest of the day. With today's email systems, this will result in a large amount of bounced email. This article suggests a mechanism to handle time-based email delivery.