Automatic download of web content in response to an embedded link in an electronic mail message

  • US 9,143,382 B2
  • Filed: 03/01/2012
  • Issued: 09/22/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/07/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. In a distributed computer system including a server and a client, the server including a message store, a method for delivering Web content within a body section of electronic mail messages comprising:

  • receiving at a server, at least one mail message containing an embedded hyperlink;

    downloading Web content associated with the hyperlink into the message store at the server;

    transmitting the mail message and at least one of a link to the Web content downloaded into the message store at the server and the corresponding Web content for display at the client;

    determining whether the client has a preset time for downloading messages containing Web content; and

    in response to determining that a preset time for downloading Web content exists, caching the message and Web content at the server until the preset time is reached.

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