Server initiated alerts to improve PDA user efficiency.
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-14
Currently, PDA devices run software for items such as PIM (Personal Information Management) and email. An example of a program that runs on a PDA and provides PIM and email support is the WEA (Websphere Everyplace Access) client. On these devices the PDA user must initiate a "sync" whenever he/she wants to synchronize data from the server. A full scale data sync can take an enormous amount of time. If there are not updates on the server then this time was wasted. Proposed disclosure describes a method where information server will alert the client for updates are needed.