Method for automatic and periodic requests for messages to an e-mail server from the client

  • US 6,334,142 B1
  • Filed: 10/29/1998
  • Issued: 12/25/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of supplying messages said method comprising:

  • storing messages on a server which is accessible by a group of clients operated by users, each message being stored by performing the following operations;

    receiving the message at said server from one of said group of clients, said message comprising an information part and a data part, the data part including at least one identifier specifying the intended audience of the message;

    storing the information part of the message as a file at an address in a first store;

    storing said address and said at least one identifier in a second store; and

    viewing messages intended for a particular user on one of said clients by performing the following operations;

    said client transmitting requests automatically at periodic intervals to the server for messages intended for said particular user;

    in response to each request, the server scanning the second store to compile a list of addresses of messages intended for said particular user;

    the server transmitting files stored at addresses specified on said list to said client; and

    said client displaying messages received by the client.

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