Method to Manage Instant Messaging File Transfer Based on Target Device
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-05
When a file transfer is initiated during an Instant Messaging (IM) session to a mobile device, such as a cellphone or PDA the act of file transfer is often not expedient because of limited system resources (for examples limited file space and memory resources). This disclosure solves the problem of managing file transfer via IM to mobile devices by allowing the user to define file transfer policy to govern file transfer activities, such that transfered files gets re-routed to another device with sufficient resources to accomodate the action, such as a desktop computer, Network Attached Storage, etc. This approach makes it convienient to manage file transfer via instant messaging based on a user defined file transfer policy.