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Using PHP or JAVA script can I send a message aleret to my desktop without taking over the focus

Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying built online IM system using HTTP.  I am stuck on sending an alert to the workstation notifying the user that some is in need of help.  Can I send a alert like Outlook does, that does not take over the focus on the PC.
Please advise or give me suggestions
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