05826269 is referenced by 304 patents and cites 8 patents.

A networked system for processing queries for a server in a distributed processing environment is provided. The system includes a plurality of clients disposed for communication with a database server through an electronic mail system. The server includes an electronic mail interface for receiving queries submitted by the clients, and transmitting the corresponding response. A processor is also provided for processing the queries submitted from the clients, and submitting the queries on to the scheduler. The processor operates to provide bi-directional communication between the mail interface and the scheduler. In addition, the processor retrieves mail messages from the mail interface, translates them into a format recognized by the server, receives query results from the server, and returns the results with the appropriate user identification to the mail interface. A scheduler, provided in connection with the server, provides automated scheduled execution of the mail processor in accordance with a set of programmed tasks.

Title
Electronic mail interface for a network server
Application Number
8/493095
Publication Number
5826269
Application Date
June 21, 1995
Publication Date
October 20, 1998
Inventor
Peter Hussey
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Leydig Voit & Mayer
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 12/00
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