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“Today We Transitioned from the Live Messenger Era to the Age of Universal Communications in One Great Emoticon Refresh”

A spokesman noted: “Today We Transitioned from the Live Messenger Era to the Age of Universal Communications in One Great Emoticon Refresh. Nothing can do more to streamline communication and collaboration than just the right emoticon in context.”

This move has industry insider’s tongues wagging. According UC Architect Pat Richard:

“Not sure I'm a fan of the new emoticons in Lync” source

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Well known Lync MVP Tom Arbuthnot notes even more serious challenges with the new move:

“I miss my animations” source

An industry observer who decided not to name themselves notes “ How can the loss of 10 emoticons and animations be considered a move forward"?”

Company officials note that all emoticons are webRTC ready immediately but in-browser animations will only be enabled once the webRTC standard has been ratified, which could be several years.

Kidding aside: Looks like Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 brings refreshed emoticons to Lync!

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Apparently the below are no longer relevant

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If you think emoticons will transform the future of UC you can vote here:
http://lync.ideascale.com/a/ideas/search?query=emoticons


If you think there are other things to be focused on:
http://lync.ideascale.com/

For more fixes to Lync that came in Office SP1:
http://www.pro-lync.be/blogs/lync2013/archive/2014/02/26/microsoft-office-2013-service-pack-1-surprisingly-fixes-a-lot-of-lync-2013-issues.aspx

The SP1 Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41994

2 comments:

  1. Where is my favorite icon ({) (})? ({)(pi)(}) not work in new lync client. Ooooh!

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  2. What a dumbass move. They're ugly and don't animate. Well done MS. Take a step backwards!

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