Microsoft Looks to Seed Presence Capabilities in Its Own, Partners Applications
The Redmond software maker is introducing a new tookit to encourage software developers to embed presence, IM and call-control functionality into their applications. (Microsoft Watch)MINNEAPOLISMicrosoft likes presence technology so much that it is working to make sure it takes root throughout its various business units, as well as among its independent-software-vendor partners. Here at the worldwide partner conference, Microsoft announced what it is called the "RTC [real-time communications] Presence Toolkit." The toolkit will provide to developers a set of visual controls that they can access via Visual Studio in order to embed presence, instant messaging and call-control functionality into their applications. "By hovering over the presence indicator, developers will have a view of availability information and can use a right-click menu to choose from various modes of communication, including IM and telephony," according to a statement released by Microsoft.
The company did not release any information on when or how it plans to make the toolkit available.