Visual Status Indicator on the Taskbar for "Busy" Applications
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-17
Disclosed is a idea for adding a visual indicator for busy applications. In a graphical user interface (GUI) operating system environment such as Microsoft Windows, running applications are sometimes in a state where the user must wait for an operation to complete before the application can accept commands. For example, it can take up to 10 minutes for an Email's Inbox to open over a dialup connection. When using another application and then trying to switch over to your Inbox while it is actively working to refresh, the user must wait until the refresh is complete and the window is ready for input. The only way to know if the application is busy is to manually click on the application. The user may need to switch from their current application to the busy application several times to check whether it is still busy or not.