TB End Users survey - do not distribute

Patrick Cloke clokep at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 17:04:26 UTC 2012


On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM, Axel <axel.grude at googlemail.com> wrote:

>   Also, if the numbers in that PDF are to be believed...Skype is the most
> popular and they're not much fun to integrate with. :)
>
> But probably also most rewarding as they support voice as their main
> medium; I think this would be a good project for an Add-on, not for core.
> Why not ask the Skype developers to write one?
>
I doubt Skype (aka Microsoft) would have much interest in integrating. But
they do have an API actually (DBUS on Linux and via window messages or
something on Windows).  It would be possible to use that to integrate with
a running Skype instance.

About IM in email clients in general...I agree with Vincent that I find it
> extremely beneficial for work.  It's less intrusive than calling, but more
> immediate than email.  Having the presence information is nice if you want
> to walk down to someone's office, although opening up the actual contact
> list shows that as well.
>
> Contact list of *what*? Is Thunderbird supporting presence already? Or
> are you talking about the other IM clients?
>
Thunderbird 15 will include chat.  Presence will be shown in email headers
(I think, it's Thunderbird 16 + approval for aurora
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=763522).  I was actually
referring to using Outlook + Lync here though, but really my point was just
that it's useful when you receive an email to know what that person is
currently doing (can you call, IM, stop by or email them back).


> And you could potentially later on *"bolt on"* screen sharing, which is a
> hugely expanding market. Has anybody of you guys tried teamViewer<http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx>?
> It's the fastest that I have tried so far...
>
This is kind of off topic I guess, but Lync includes support for screen
sharing now.  It seems to work OK.  There are many features that can be
supported via IM though (potentially voice, video, white boarding, screen
sharing...just to name a few).  Luckily both the IRC and XMPP
implementations in Instantbird/Thunderbird are fairly extensible. And we'll
definitely encourage that for any other protocols added to chat/ (anyone
want to make a SIP/SIMPLE implementation?) :)

 --Patrick
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