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Patent Application Titled "Mobile Application for Accessing a Sharepoint.Rtm. Server" Published Online

February 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Stuart, Andrew (Rydal, PA); Kaminski, Thomas (Lawrenceville, NJ), filed on July 22, 2013, was made available online on January 30, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Microsoft SharePoint.RTM. is a family of software products developed by Microsoft Corporation for collaboration, file sharing and web publishing. The Microsoft SharePoint.RTM. Server is one of these products.

"As depicted in FIG. 1, a Microsoft SharePoint.RTM. Server (hereinafter, 'Server') is generally composed of three major tiers or logical layers: 1.) a Web Front End layer 102 which processes HTTP requests to the Server; 2.) An application layer 104 which provides such features as Search and Excel Services; and, 3.) A dedicated Microsoft SQL Server data storage 106.

"While SharePoint.RTM. users can access SharePoint.RTM. functionality through multiple methods, the primary user interface is a web-based application accessed through a browser. The majority of SharePoint.RTM.'s functionality is supported across all major desktop web browsers.

"SharePoint.RTM. can also be accessed through: a Windows-based synchronized desktop client, Windows 7 Federated Search, WebDAV 'Internet folders' (i.e. via Windows Explorer), Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office 2010, and other third party applications. Corporate directory security restrictions may be applied at a granular level, enabling SharePoint.RTM. sites to be internet-facing, intranet-facing, or both.

"However, with the power and convenience of portable computing devices such as tablet computers increasing, mobile applications directed to a specific function are increasing as well. Mobile applications are typically designed and coded to solve very specific problems or perform very specific functions. For example, an email application is only capable of handling email, and if one were to inspect the source code for such an application he would see explicit references to 'subject', 'from' and 'to' data fields, SMTP protocols, and email servers. This specializations forces a company to purchase many different specialized applications and results in high third party software costs as these applications are acquired."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present disclosure concerns systems, devices and methods related to optical modulation devices, and more particularly to resonator-based optical modulators. For example, in one scenario, a method of accessing a web application platform from a mobile processing device includes installing an application configured to access a server hosting the web application platform; configuring the application, wherein configuring comprises generating at least one of a data capture list and a data lookup list available to the application; transferring authentication information to the server; receiving an indication of which application configurations the application is permitted to access based upon the authentication information; and displaying a set of one or more icons related to the application configurations the application is permitted to access.

"In a second scenario, a mobile processing device for accessing a web application platform includes a processor, a display operably connected to the processor, and a non-transitory computer readable medium operably connected to the processor. The computer readable medium contains set of instructions configured to instruct the processor to install an application configured to access a server hosting the web application platform, configure the application, wherein configuring comprises generating at least one of a data capture list and a data lookup list available to the application, transfer authentication information to the server, receive an indication of which application configurations the application is permitted to access based upon the authentication information, and output, on the display, a set of one or more icons related to the application configurations the application is permitted to access.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram depicting the organization of memory layers in a typical prior art Microsoft SharePoint.RTM. Server.

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram depicting the organization of memory layers in a Microsoft SharePoint.RTM. Server with the combination fields extensions, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 is a block diagram depicting a typical system configuration in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 depicts a flow chart of an example procedure for accessing a SharePoint.RTM. server via a tablet computer in accordance with an embodiment of the invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Stuart, Andrew; Kaminski, Thomas. Mobile Application for Accessing a Sharepoint.Rtm. Server. Filed July 22, 2013 and posted January 30, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=89&p=2&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140123.PD.&OS=PD/20140123&RS=PD/20140123

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