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
- 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
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
simultaneouslyÃ¢â‚¬â€messages will be routed to both clients at the same
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