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Described is a schema-based notification platform that provides regularized notification handling including user control and normalization of the operation of policies across different information types and contexts. Information-service schemas and services are combined to build a content-sensitive and context-sensitive information service to communicate information to recipient devices of users that subscribe to those services. An information agent service collects the information, and based on various criteria, determines if, when, and how to send and render the information, and to which subscribing client device or devices. The set of schemas include a notification schema that represents the subscription of a service to an information source and details about that information, and a device schema that represents information about user devices. The information agent service accesses criteria including user preferences and user contextual information, including presence information, location information, and schedule information along with people and groups data and extended-context data. Preferences about subscriptions and information handling policies may be stored and used at notification sources or in more central preference encodings. Access to multiple preferences is maintained, and a user interface is provided that allows users to inspect and control multiple subscriptions in one conceptual place.

Title
Schemas for a notification platform and related information services
Application Number
10/99467
Publication Number
6980993 (B2)
Application Date
March 14, 2002
Publication Date
December 27, 2005
Inventor
Winnie C Wu
Bellevue
WA, US
Mark H Lucovsky
Sammamish
WA, US
Lijiang Fang
Sammamish
WA, US
Shaun D Pierce
Sammamish
WA, US
Paul A Steckler
Redmond
WA, US
Eric J Horvitz
Kirkland
WA, US
Agent
Law Offices of Albert S Michalik PLLC
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 017/30
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