Method and apparatus for maintaining a unified view of multiple mailboxes

  • US 6,360,272 B1
  • Filed: 05/28/1999
  • Issued: 03/19/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/28/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for exchanging electronic messages between a fist computer and a second computer, the first computer being coupleable to the second computer using a high cost communication channel and a low cost communication channel, the method comprising;

  • accessing a first message addressed for a first mailbox;

    determining an identifier for the first message on the first computer;

    signaling at least a portion of the first message and the identifier to a second mailbox;

    detecting a user-action affecting a property of the first message in the first mailbox;

    responsive to the user-action, automatically signaling the identifier of the message and an identification of the action to the second mailbox;

    detecting a selection for one of either the high cost communication channel or the low cost communication channel; and

    responsive to the selection, using the identifier of the message and the identification of the action to indicate on the second computer the property of the first message in the first mailbox using the selected one of the high cost communication channel or the low cost communication channel.

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