(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2002/0054139 Al
Corboy et al. (43) Pub. Date: May 9,2002
(54) MULTI-WINDOWED ONLINE APPLICATION ENVIRONMENT
(76) Inventors: David Corboy, Potomac Falls, VA
(US); John Marshall, Napa, CA (US)
Int. CI.7 G06F 9/46; G06F 15/16
U.S. CI 345/804; 709/218; 709/227;
ROBERT V. RACUNAS
Fish & Richardson P.C.
601 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 09/842,796
(22) Filed: Apr. 27, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Non-provisional of provisional application No. 60/200,104, filed on Apr. 27, 2000.
Systems and techniques for transferring electronic data to a user of a communications system by establishing a connection between a client and a host; receiving electronic data from the host in response to a data request transmitted from the client; and at the client, simultaneously executing multiple instantiations of the browser application in response to the electronic data received from the host. The client includes a browser application configured to render data encapsulated in a standard Internet content format. Each instantiation of the browser application is configured to exchange messages with at least one other instantiation of the browser application.