I must give credit where credit is due – my latest creation was inspired by the “Who Can Federate” tool created by Lync MVP Matt Landis.
As a big fan of Lync federation I found myself regularly hovering over sender names in Outlook and hoping to see the presence orb light up to indicate that they too are a Lync user who supports federation.
Unfortunately it’s not that simple, as you need to actually open an IM window to the sender before the federation takes place. At that point you either see their presence status or simply get “Presence unknown”.
With Office 365 amazing technologies such as Lync are easily within reach of any organisation. So to help Lync users discover who else they email is on Lync I wanted a tool that kept running in the background and was able to detect if the sender used Lync – and then prompted me.
Hence the Lync Social Connector by Xstran was created!
The application is an Outlook plugin that also has a tray icon (hidden by default). Installation & operation are simple:
– install the Lync Social Connector
– restart Outlook
– when you receive an email from someone who has Lync but isn’t on your contact list you will be asked if you want to add them with the options: Yes / No / Ignore User / Ignore Domain
– if you want to stop ignoring a user or domain then right click on the tray icon and select the removal options
It’s a completely free application, my gift to the world of Lync users. Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery today!