News and views on IM, Presence and RTC Technologies

  • Interesting use of Bots

    When you get a chance, add the following two MSN contacts to your contacts list encarta@conversagent.com bbcbackstage@hotmail.com The former is basically a bot that links to some of the Encarta knowledgebase and brings you back the answers...
  • Hopefully the start of something beautiful...

    Before I start to share my views and any news about IM, Presenance and RTC Technologies in general I wanted to give you an idea of why this blog exists. Over that last 10 years or so, computers and the internet have become a part of everyones life...
  • More information on bots....

    After my last posting I got an email from Todd Biggs who is a Senior Product Manager at MSN. He has kindly supplied me with a list of other IM bots you might be interested in. I have not managed to try all of them myself but I think it proves the point...
  • Communicator Mobile available within the next 60 days

    During Steve Ballmers keynote at 3GSM today he announced that Communicator Mobile will be released to manufacturing within the next 60 days. I have been using Communicator Mobile for quite some time. With the release of Communicator Mobile we will...
  • Merry Christmas

    Just finished tucking into our Christmas lunch so I thought I would spend a few minutes to wish everyone out there a very merry christmas and a happy new year. I am out of the country for the next week so no posts from me over the xmas period. That...
  • Microsoft Office Communicator for Windows Mobiles

    Today Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office Communicator for windows mobile phones has reached its first beta. I dont know at the minute if there are any public betas available or if its just and FYI from the product team but as soon as I know otherwise...
  • Free tools now availabile for building Messenger BOTS/Activities

    If you have ever thought of creating a BOT for MSN Messenger then now is a better time than ever. Conversagent, a Messenger platform partner, has decided to make their SDK for building IM applications BOTS and Activities within MSN Messenger available...
  • GoogleTalk Launched

    This week saw the launch of Google Talk, Google’s first attempt at producing an IM solution for consumers. From what I have heard it is based on Jabber which to me seems an interesting route to take while the other big three (MSN, AOL, Yahoo) and other...
  • Goggle Talk federates with Jabber based clients

    From the article posted here it looks like Google Talk is expanding its reach by allowing Google Talk customer to connect to Jabber based users, greatly increasing the number of people that Google Talk users can talk with. More interestingly though...
  • Windows Messenger ports for IM, Voice, Video and File Transfer

    As well as keeping this blog up to date with all thats new in RTC I thought it might be useful to include any tips, tricks or hints I come across that I think might be useful to know. If you want to find out the ports used by Windows Messenger for...
  • Microsoft RTC group makes another interesting acquisition...

    ..... my blog :-) Over the last week or so I have been talking with some of the guys over in Redmond who would like to take over this blog and start two way communication between customer/partners and the product group rather than just via the field...
  • New home and a bit of an explanation

    Well, it didnt take long at all to find a new home and with some help from the guys in Redmond I managed to keep all of my postings too. If you are new to my blog then you might be wondering why a load of posts all have the same dates. To cut a long...
  • MSN Messenger 7.5 Launched

    Around the same time as Google were launching their new client, MSN have done a more stealthy launch of their new MSN Messenger 7.5 client. I am finding it hard to remember what exactly was new in the client as I have been beta testing it for quite a...
  • Updates made to Public IM Connectivity

    Over the last week or so some changes have been made to the Public IM Connectivity connector to expand the number and type of people that you can add to your contact list if your company subscribes to PIC. Previously, it was only possible to add addresses...
  • Microsoft Aquires Teleo, a VoIP Company

    Yesterday Microsoft announced it was going to aquire Teleo, a company that specialises in voice over IP software and services. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/aug05/09-30MSNTeleoPR.mspx At the minute is looks as if this aquisition...
  • Communicator Web Access RTMs

    On Tuesday we announced the release to manufacturing of Communicator Web Access. There is more information here on CWA but in a nutshell think of it as web based client for LCS, allowing users to gain access to the presence information within LCS on anything...
  • MSN and Yahoo to 'federate'

    It has been announced today that MSN and Yahoo are going to enable federation between their consumer IM services allowing MSN and Yahoo users to talk to their friends on the competing comsumer client without having to install the client themselves. ...
  • BBC Backstage Bot updated!

    I received an email recently from the creator of the BBC Backstage Bot telling me that he has overhauled the bot and it should now be a little quicker to respond than before. If you have not already done so, add bbcbackstage@hotmail.com to your MSN...
  • I have moved ... again :-S

    Last move ... I promise :-) If you want to continue to read my blog then change your bookmarks etc to the following http://blogs.technet.com/markdea
  • New IM worm discovered

    There is a new worm circulating round the Microsoft IM world called Kelvir-ASVID which is a variant of the Kelvir worm. On September 9th it started to work its way round the Reuters instant messaing platform. This is seems to be an every increasing...
  • Communicator Web Access Documentation

    After receiving an internal email I thought it might be useful to provide some links to Communicator Web Access documentation on the Microsoft.com site Communicator Web Access brief document Communicator Web Access Deployment Resources - Including...
  • IM Mash Up !

    I wanted to interrupt the holiday period with this quick post about the 'IM Mash Up' that Todd Biggs has drawn to my attention. I am afraid there are only a few days to go but for I would recommend taking a look at www.worldsbestapp.com and seeing...
  • Symantec to Aquire IMLogic

    Yesterday Symantec announced that they aquired IMLogic to broaden their antivirus and compliance suite to include IM platforms. I personally think this is a very interesting acquisition as it shows that antivirus companies such a Symantec realise that...
  • Its been a while....and a lot has happened

    Yes ... I know it’s been a while since I posted something but I have been out and about talking with customers and partners about RTC and helping them understand why it’s something they should get involved in :-). At both IT Forum and the Gartner Symposium...
  • The place where you can get everything ... and now VOIP

    Imagine this, your sent an email from your 'better half' asking you to collect a few things on the way home from work. Here is the shopping list :- Eggs Beans Milk Bread Mobile Phone Fridge Mortgauge Car insurance.... .....