System and Method for transparently presenting users with notifications and pop-up windows while they are actively working
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-08
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Disclosed is an invention for an operating system feature that gradually introduces pop-up windows to a user with configurable transparency and timing delays instead of immediately popping up new windows and interrupting the user’s current activity.
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System and Method for transparently presenting users with notifications and pop -up
windows while they are actively working
Application pop-up windows are simply positioned on top of all other windows in order to
elicit an immediate response from the user. This is often disruptive to users while they
are working, or may result in unwanted action. For example, today if a user is writing an
email and a new window or message pops up, they might continue typing unaware that
they are no longer typing in the email. Even worse, the typing may actually click or
activate something in the new pop up window that the user does not want, causing
errors or delays in the work.
This disclosure describes a new way of gradually introducing pop-up windows to the
user by incorporating transparency and timing delays to keep the user from being
immediately interrupted in their work.
There are two new modes of operation which can be configured by the user.
1. Transparently show windows while the user is active; meaning, the windows are
in view without focus, the user can see through them to the open application, and
the cursor is still in the existing window. The following options are available:
a. After a set amount of time the pop-up window is fully shown (no longer
transparent) and has focus. If the user is active (e.g., typing, using the
mouse, etc.) the window remains transparent for a longer period of time. If
the user is inactive, then the window is fully shown after a shorter period of
b. If the user mouses over, clicks on the pop-up window (or specific part), or
hits a specific key (or set of keys), then the pop-up comes into full view (no
longer transparent) for the user to address. The action taken to fully
display the pop-up can be configured by the user to be one or more of the
previously mentioned methods. ....