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A Universal Method for Managing E-Mail Attachments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032972D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

E-Mail services currently lack a universal method for managing e-mail attachments. Mail servers and e-mail programs utilize large storage space to store both the e-mail and the e-mail attachments. The moment the e-mail author sends the e-mail with the attachments, the hosting mail server creates a storage space for the attachment until such mail reaches the intended recipient(s). With the growing popularity of e-mail communication in today's society, there has also been a growing need to send e-mail with a large size attachment to a group of recipients that may range from one to a hundred or more. Management of such large size attachments that may be distributed to many recipients across the continents pose storage problems, performance degradation and viral threats. This invention describes how to solve the problem of sending e-mail attachments with e-mails, introduces an effective and optimum method of storing attachments and accessing such using links in the e-mail.