you know, its the little things that make such a difference. Like the fact that my status automatically turns to busy – (a blue no entry sign) when my Outlook calendar is marked with a meeting
Bingo! Wow, what a nice feature that really is – especially useful in the workplace, let alone at home. So, how can I emulate it in my IM clients? Let’s start with (what I hope are) some facts:
- my preferred client, Psi, does not support plug-ins
- although we use Outlook at work, I have a Python script which extracts my Outlook calendar into the iCalendar (.ics) file format
- Miranda and Exodus, among other popular Jabber clients, support plug-ins
- a third-party (such as a bot) can’t trigger a change in another user’s status
So then. What can be done? For the clients without a plugin architecture, I don’t think there’s anything that can be done (this kind of thing is too niche to become an accepted patch although of course you could build your own if you were a sado-masochist). For the others though, there’s a real chance that this could become quite a useful feature.
I can’t see, by the way, how Office Communitor isn’t going to be massively popular in businesses all around the world.