Patent Number: 7,822,759

Title: Query-driven sharing and syndication

Abstract: A unique system, user interface, and method that facilitate sharing objects in a query-based storage environment are provided. A query can be generated using metadata and the results therefrom can be obtained and shared with one or more recipients. The query and/or query results can be represented as an icon. Sharing of the query and/or query results can be accomplished in part by dragging the icon to the desired recipient. Queries can be shared as a standing query or a snapshot of the query. For standing queries, recipients can be notified when a set of query results changes. In general, queries can be saved by the user and accessed again at a later time. The user interface provides a plurality of navigation tools to facilitate the viewing of objects based on their metadata and the generation of queries.

Inventors: MacLaurin; Matthew (Woodinville, WA), Turski; Andrzej (Redmond, WA), Cheng; Lili (Bellevue, WA), Marcjan; Cezary (Redmond, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00