06182133 is referenced by 314 patents and cites 8 patents.

A technique, specifically apparatus and accompanying methods for use therein, that, through continual computation, harnesses available computer resources during periods of low processing activity and low network activity, such as idle time, for prefetching, e.g., web pages, or pre-selected portions thereof, into local cache of a client computer. As the browser prefetches and stores each web page (or component thereof) in its local cache, the browser provides a suitable and preferably visual indication, through its graphical user interface, to a user that this item has been fetched and stored. Consequently, the user can quickly and visually perceive that a particular item (i.e., a “fresh” page or portion) has just been prefetched and which (s)he can now quickly access from local cache. As such additional items are cached, the browser can change the color of the displayed hotlink associated with each of the items then stored in cache so as, through color coding, to reflect their relative latency (“aging”) in cache.

Title
Method and apparatus for display of information prefetching and cache status having variable visual indication based on a period of time since prefetching
Application Number
9/19641
Publication Number
6182133 (B2)
Application Date
February 6, 1998
Publication Date
January 30, 2001
Inventor
Eric Horvitz
Kirkland
WA, US
Agent
Michaelson & Wallace
US
Agent
Peter L Michaelson
US
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
View Original Source