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Tabbed windows in OCS Communicator

Posted on 2010-09-22
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So I just joined a company which uses OCS as its instant messaging system...and I cant find any options to 'tab' the chat windows into one window like AIM or Pigdin does....how do I fix this??

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by:Cliff Galiher
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Communicator 2007 does not offer a tabbed interface.
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by:dealstrike
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Any idea if OCS 2010 does? I think thats the next version?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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I don't know yet. Lync (the new name for OCS) only recently released a public test release. I'm in the process of setting up a test server, but haven't looked at the client at all yet. You can grab it and check for yourself at www.microsoft.com/lync
 
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Tabbed windows are not a feature in Lync Server either.  You could use the APIs when released to write a custom client with that feature but it will not be included in the native Lync client.  OCS did support tabs in the primary Contact window using custom xml, but no version has supported tabbed Chat windows.
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Thanks Jeff, could you provide a bit more details on how to accomplish that in OCS 2007? Can I do it on my own client side on my pc for myself or does it have to be done on the server level?
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The Custom Tabs are client-side but only extend the primary window, not any of the chat windows.  All individual chat sessions will always use their own dedicated window.

Here are a couple links regarding configuration of the Custom Tabs in OCS:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd572794(office.13).aspx
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/communicatorextensibility/thread/9fde6a78-620a-4302-976c-c10dc1638e27
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Ahh ok, thanks...I wanted the tabbed chat windows...I dont understand why MS didnt include this option
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