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  • Blog Post: Custom presence states in Office Communicator

    I just discovered how to modify presence states in Office Communicator 2007: it's documented in the Office Communicator Deployment Guide (page 21, if you're interested), and allows for either the managed deployment of Communicator with additional corporate-set presence states, or if a user is savvy enough...
  • Blog Post: Custom presence states in Communicator, reprise

    A quick follow on to my post the other day about having custom presence states in Office Communicator 2007 - the Communicator Deployment Guide has a couple of minor errors which could frustrate you, as one commenter pointed out, and I've had comments from a couple of people who've had trouble getting...
  • Blog Post: Identity & presence: the key to anyone's Unified Communications strategy

    I spend a lot of time talking with customers about what Microsoft is doing with various new technologies, mostly involving or revolving around the Unified Communications stuff with OCS and Exchange. It's really interesting to see how many people just "get" the point of UC technology, whereas others are...
  • Blog Post: Live Writer beta 2 releases

    I only really started blogging "properly" when Windows Live Writer (WLW) beta first shipped... it's been a really user-friendly tool for blogging, for a whole load of reasons. The WLW team has just shipped a new beta which has a nice UI polish, some great new features (like inline spell checking) and...
  • Blog Post: ZDNet sings praises of Office Communications Server beta

    Like probably millions of other people, I get the daily ZDNet Tech Update Today (since long before RSS brought news feeds to the masses...) and was floored a little by David Berlind's column today. I think David's a good commentator - normally sails between the points of sycophancy and fundamentalism...
  • Blog Post: Living the dream with Office Communicator 2007

    I've been a long-time fan of instant messaging and pervasive "presence", especially the cultural changes it allows organisations to make in order to communicate and collaborate better. As a result, I've been really interested to see what's been happening with Office Communications Server (the soon-to...
  • Blog Post: OCS2007 trial edition now available

    If you want to get your hands on trial software for the recently-released Office Communications Server 2007 and its client, Office Communicator 2007 , then you're in luck... OCS trial download (both Standard & Enterprise editions) Communicator trial Bear in mind that these trials are for tyre-kicking...
  • Blog Post: You can't ignore a ringing phone

    It's funny when you look back a few years to see just how communications technology has changed - remember when you might have asked (or been asked), "are you on the phone?"... meaning not, "are you using the phone" but "do you have a phone at home"... now we just assume that (pretty much) everyone's...
  • Blog Post: Updated LifeCam software

    It's not exactly "news", since the Microsoft LifeCam web-camera driver & software package was updated a few months ago, but I only picked up the latest version the other day and it brought a few smiles when playing with it today, during a call with James Akrigg . The LifeCam software does real...