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COMMUNICATION: Microsoft released Office Communicator Mobile for public download
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 22.04.06 - 11:51:23 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15564x
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I've written about Microsoft's plans to extend the Office Communicator-line to Windows Mobile devices first time back in December last year and Microsoft officially announced it during the 3GSM Congress in February this year. No, Microsoft made the Communicator Mobile client available for public download. The Communicator Mobile client  is designed to extend the reach of Live Communications Server 2005 using Windows Mobile powered devices. Communicator Mobile has a look and feel similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and ensures that access to the capabilities provided by Live Communications Server 2005 can continue when people are away from their desks.

Communicator Mobile allows users to stay connected to the real-time communication capabilities they are used to-even when away from their desktops. Communicator Mobile provides rich communications capabilities to information workers who use Windows Mobile devices.

  • Through integration with corporate directories via Live Communications Server 2005, Communicator Mobile can be used to quickly search for and communicate with anyone in an organization.
  • Integration with the underlying phone capabilities of Windows Mobile devices enables Communicator Mobile to initiate voice calls using the mobile network, avoiding the need for users to use multiple contact lists.
  • When used in conjunction with a Windows Mobile 5.0 pocket PC device that includes a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) network adapter, Communicator Mobile can be used to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to other Communicator Mobile users or the desktop version of the Communicator client over a corporate Wi-Fi network.

Communicator Mobile has a similar look and feel to the desktop version, ensuring that users have a consistent communications experience.

  • Users' contact lists are maintained across all Communicator clients ensuring that it is straightforward to keep in touch with regular contacts.
  • Icons used to indicate the presence of other users and other functionality, such as the ability to set custom notes, is maintained with Communicator Mobile, making the transition between the desktop and mobile device seamless.
  • Communicator Mobile was designed from the ground up for Windows Mobile powered devices. Its interface was optimized for the size and shape of those mobile devices ensuring an intuitive experience for end users.

Communicator Mobile is easily integrated into your existing Live Communications Server 2005 deployment.

  • Once deployed to their Windows Mobile powered device, users sign into Live Communications Server 2005 using the same credentials they use on their desktop.
  • If your Live Communications Server 2005 infrastructure is already published on the Internet no further infrastructure configuration is required to use Communicator Mobile.
  • Using the Live Communications Server 2005 Multiple Points of Presence feature, users can remain signed into both the desktop version of Communicator as well as Communicator Mobile simultaneously—messages will be routed to both clients at the same time.

Communicator Mobile is provided at no extra cost to customers who have purchased Live Communications Server 2005 and Client Access Licenses (CALs). It is available for both platforms, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones but requires at least Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition or Windows Mobile 5.0

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by connect4 on 26.04.06 - 23:45:51

Looks like a useful program...good article.

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