1573959-A2 cites 6 patents.

A system and method for virtual folder and items sharing including utilization of static and dynamic lists. Static and dynamic lists may be created as types of virtual folders. Virtual folders expose regular files and folders to users in different views based on their metadata instead of the actual physical underlying file system structure on the disk. A static list consists of a folder of items that are in a specific order, while a dynamic list gathers a set of items based on a scope and a set of criteria. When a list is shared, the actual list is left in place on the sharer's machine or server, while permission is granted to the sharee to remotely access the list and the referenced items.If the list is changed by adding or removing items, these items are also automatically re-permissioned to allow or disallow the sharee to have access to the items.; A sharer may also choose to share individual items, such as documents, contacts, and e-mails. To begin the sharing process, a user selects the items that are to be shared. The user then selects the sharees who the items are to be shared with, and the permissions that are to be assigned to the sharees. When items are to be shared, they are left in place on the sharer's machine, while the system ensures that the permissions are set, and any security issues are handled so that the sharees are able to access the items. In addition, the details of the sharing transactions may be tracked and recorded for later review. The sharer may also have the system send a link to the sharee for directly accessing the shared items from the sharer's machine. The sharee may also be able to query the sharer's machine to see what the sharer has shared out with the sharee.

Title
System and method for virtual folder and sharing items
Application Number
EP20040780390 20040727
Publication Number
1573959 (A2)
Application Date
July 27, 2004
Publication Date
September 14, 2005
Inventor
Schrock Sarah
US
Raman Balan S
US
Ballou Nathanial H
US
Mckee Timothy P
US
Guzak Chris J
US
Ramasubramanian Ram
US
de Vorchik David G
US
Samji Mohammed
US
Assignee
Microsoft
US
IPC
G06F 17/30
H04L 09/32
H04L 09/32
G06F 17/30
G06F
H04L 09/32
G06F 17/30
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