Office Communicator and MOSS 2007

We want to integrate chat with our MOSS 2007 site and I heard that Office Communicator 2007 does this.

1) How? Any good, comprehensive articles that you know of?

2) How does it work? Does it give you a webpart to add into SharePoint or do all users have to have the communicator (or MSN or other Microsoft chat app) client installed and running on their machine?

3) All of the users of our SharePoint site will be external users logging on to the domain via SharePoint over an internet https connection. Will the fact that they are not using their desktop login but rather their SharePoint login effect anything?

Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, MOSS 2007, Office Communicator Server 2007

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BobHavertyComhAsked:
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olca02Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

2) How does it work? Does it give you a webpart to add into SharePoint or do all users have to have the communicator (or MSN or other Microsoft chat app) client installed and running on their machine?

Yes they all need to have a client installed on their machine, after this by using windows authentication you can see them inside sharepoint, if a user is online or not and you can chat etc. I have not tried working with communicator and external users, but if you can have a external user on your communicator you will also see this user in your sharepoint. Of course the user needs to have access to sharepoint first :-)
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BobHavertyComhAuthor Commented:
Those are the answers I was looking for and apparently Communicator does not have to be integrated manually because it automatically integrates with all of Office.
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