In a bid to provide richer functionality to its Live Communications Server’s product line, Microsoft has introduced controls and sample code to facilitate presence and real-time collaboration features.
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Microsoft said that a key goal in the design of Live Communications Server is to create a platform upon which developers can build integrated communications solutions. The company claims that Live Communications Server can help eliminate the inefficiencies that come from disconnected workforces by enabling workers to see if someone is online and available while staying within the application in which they are working.
Zig Serafin, general manager, Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft, said: “With these controls and sample code for Live Communications Server, we are making it easier for developers to build presence and real-time collaboration functionality into applications that today’s workforces use most and that work seamlessly across various networks and internal and cross-company business processes… [Developers] can build solutions that work securely across networks and connect to public IM and presence services.”
Presence Controls for Microsoft Office Communicator, previously called Real-Time Collaboration Presence Toolkit, enable developers using Microsoft Visual Studio to insert presence icons into applications to provide the status information of contacts. The context menu within the icons enables integration with Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 also allows users in the application to launch Communicator's IM conversation or telephone call window.