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Patent Application Titled "Intelligent Software Installation" Published Online

July 3, 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 Baldwin, Timothy J. (Southampton, GB); Edmeades, Jason C. (Chandlers Ford, GB); Johnson, Peter J. (Chandlers Ford, GB); Locke, David (Chandlers Ford, GB); Xu, Fenglian (Chandlers Ford, GB), filed on December 11, 2012, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is International Business Machines Corporation.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Generally, when a user of a computer wants to install a program, the user manually seeks out relevant installation files, typically online or through removable storage media such as a CD-ROM, and executes the files. Alternatively, a program may actively offer software, and the relevant installation files, directly to a user. For example, many programs have updating functionalities capable of reporting a currently installed version of the program to an online server, and if the version is out-of-date, suggesting that the user install the new version. Such a program will often provide a link to the necessary files. Additionally, organizations often implement an installation manager to provide both software and updates. An installation manager can suggest programs and updates to install based upon programs in a repository for installation and based upon programs that are currently installed, such as non-current versions of programs.

"Once an installation process has begun, many installation routines provide a 'standard' installation offering a selected set of features, a 'full' installation offering all possible features, and a 'custom' installation allowing a user to select the features the user desires installed."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments of the present invention include a method, computer program product, and computer system for suggesting a program or features of a program for installation. A computer system determines a category of users to which a user of a computer belongs. The computer system determines a relationship between the category of users and at least one program available for installation from the computer system. Based on the determined relationship, the computer system determines that at least one feature of the at least one program are of potential interest to the user of the computer. The computer system notifies the user of the at least one feature of the program of potential interest.


"FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram illustrating a distributed data processing environment, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is a flowchart depicting operational steps of an installation program capable of determining and suggesting programs and features of programs of potential interest to a user, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 depicts operational steps of a role based profile creation program for creating usage profiles for different categories of users, in accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 depicts a block diagram of components of a computer executing the installation program and role based profile creation program, in accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Baldwin, Timothy J.; Edmeades, Jason C.; Johnson, Peter J.; Locke, David; Xu, Fenglian. Intelligent Software Installation. Filed December 11, 2012 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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