Methods and apparatus providing a web based messaging system

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  • US 7,412,486 B1
  • Filed: 09/12/2002
  • Issued: 08/12/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/14/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. In a messaging server, a method for processing message data, the method comprising the steps of:

  • receiving a first message to be sent to a messaging client;

    establishing a first connection to the messaging client;

    transmitting a message processing script and the first message over the first connection to the messaging client, the message processing script enabling the messaging client to display the first message and to receive and display at least one second message over the first connection to the messaging client independent of the operating system of the messaging client and exclusive of any messaging software residing and previously stored on the messaging client;

    maintaining the first connection in an open state after transmitting the first message to the messaging client;

    receiving a second message to be sent to the messaging client;

    transmitting the second message over the first connection to the messaging client for receipt by the message processing script, while continuing to maintain the first connection in an open state; and

    repeating, for subsequent second messages, the steps of maintaining the first connection in an open state, receiving a second message, and transmitting the second message such that separate second messages are transmitted from the messaging server to the messaging client over the first connection.

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