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UI For Displaying and Editing Instant Messages Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028493D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-17

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When receiving instant messages, the user is interrupted with popup windows which obscure and interrupt the task he/she is currently performing. In Windows XP, Microsoft has recognized this problem, and has suppressed window popup for some programs, and alternatively calls attention to the window by visually highlighting it in the task bar. However, if your taskbar is set to auto-hide, then you have almost exactly the same problem, because now the taskbar flies out and obscures the users screen. Furthermore, the user most likely has to bring the window to the foreground in order to read the entire message. The invention is a messaging client which solves the problem of reading (and optionally responding to) an instant message without obscuring or interrupting the user's current task