Thursday, August 2, 2007

Yeah Baby!! I added presence awareness to Connections with LCS

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Oh yeah!!! So I finally did it.  I was able to get presence awareness into Profiles using Microsoft Live Communication Server, instead of Sametime.  Now, as you know from a previous post, I was planning on using the AJAX API that Microsoft provides.  However, due to my somewhat limited knowledge of AJAX and limited bandwidth on this project, I wasn't able to do that.

Instead, I'm using what Microsoft calls as the 'Persona Controls'.  This makes integration VERY EASY... but with that 'easiness' comes some caveats:
  • Integration only works on IE
  • Integration only works on those computers where the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 client has been installed and configured

Since this is for a demo/POC environment, we are getting away with it.  It's not the prettiest, but it's there.  Check out what it looks like in these screenshots:

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