AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DYNAMIC EMAIL NOTIFICATION - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of... email which changes appearance dynamically based on an external event! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Dec 15, 2011 that discusses:
- A external system which sends EVENT SIGNALS to an email server; and
- an email server which modifies the appearance of email messages based on the external EVENT SIGNALS;
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question.. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO involves event signals such as: CHANGING MEMBERSHIP IN A GROUP, and dynamic updates such as CREATING CALENDAR EVENT .
TITLE: DYNAMIC CONTROL OF EMAIL
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method of modifying the appearance of email or creating or deleting a calendar event based on an external event.
- Publication Number: US 20130159426 A1
- Application Number: 13/327,240
- Assignee: Microsoft Corp.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Dec 15, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 20, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method of controlling an electronic message system, the method comprising:
Receiving at a messaging service in the electronic message system, an event signal relating to an event external to the messaging service, the event signal being received from an external system which is separate from the messaging service; and
identifying one or more electronic messages within the electronic message system based on the event signal received and triggering a dynamic update to the identified electronic messages in response to receipt of the event signal.
In English this means:
A method for providing an external signal to an email service:
Receiving an event signal (e.g. community response to a particular message, the location of one or more users, or a change in membership of a group.); and
Triggering a dynamic update (e.g. displaying in a different manner or the message being delivered or deleted, a calendar event being created or destroyed) in response to the event signal
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Dec, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming event signals such as: CHANGING MEMBERSHIP IN A GROUP, and dynamic updates such as CREATING/DELETING CALENDAR EVENT
"Method of controlling an electronic message system from Microsoft
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