Enhanced email—distributed attachment storage

  • US 7,257,639 B1
  • Filed: 07/25/2001
  • Issued: 08/14/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/19/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for servicing email at a client of a sender of an email comprising:

  • receiving a request at the client of the sender to send the email to a recipient, the email containing a main body and one or more attachments and the recipient having an incoming email server for receiving at least a portion of the email;

    determining at the client of the sender whether the recipient has a corresponding distributed storage separate from the incoming email server;

    determining at the client of the sender an availability of the distributed storage based on determining the recipient has a corresponding distributed storage;

    if the recipient has the available corresponding distributed storage;

    sending the main body of the email from the client of the sender to the incoming email server of the recipient; and

    sending the one or more attachments of the email from the client of the sender to the corresponding distributed storage;

    otherwise, sending the main body of the email and the one or more attachments from the client of the sender to the incoming email server.

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