Outlook help - weird icon in front of names

See attached pic. There is this odd icon that started coming up in outlook 2010 in front of names. It is on new messages, messages i received, basically anywhere with a name.
I tired looking in options in the contact section but i didn't see anything too obvious.
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valmaticAuthor Commented:
valmaticAuthor Commented:
when i zoom in on it, basically is just a blank square it looks like?
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That just means if the user is online or not. Normally I believe this is linked to an app like Skype which states if the user is online or not.
This will explain further but we use Skype in our environment and this is linked. For example I email Joe.Bloggs@roshanejaz.co.uk and if hes signed in on Skype with the same email address Outlook will detect this and show an offline or online notification icon.

This will explain further: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/outlook-help/use-instant-messaging-services-with-outlook-HP010355052.aspx

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
that is from lync
it integrates with outlook to show the status of the user
green - online; red - in a meeting or busy; yellow - away; white - offline or no status (if user is external)
valmaticAuthor Commented:
Oh thats weird, it doesn't look like any of those icons the article explains. I looked at that contact setting for show status and it is greyed out.

If you have Lync it diplays the status of the recipient in Lync


valmaticAuthor Commented:
Ill go take a peak at their pc thanks.
Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:

It's default behaviour of latest versions of outlook. Are you using Lync in the same machine? if so, outlook is pulling the Lync messanger (or any messenger) status.
I.e- If your Lync status shows as "Online" then the outlook shows the box as green, if your lync status is away then outlook shows "Yellow". So, definitely it's not a bug or issue to be honest.
valmaticAuthor Commented:
Skype turned on that show contact status in outlook after it installed. I just unclicked it and we are good. Thanks!
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