Creating a Presence Dashboard using the Skype Web SDK
The Skype Web SDK is a powerful new framework built upon UCWA that allows you to rapidly build Skype-enabled applications and functionality. In this tutorial, learn how to build a Presence Dashboard to display your contacts and their availability status in real time. Read More
Kilimanjaro Climb 2015
As crazy as it sounds, we set off again in March 2015 to fundraise for the Telco Together Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - this time the Lemosho Route. All funds raised go directly to the Foundation's worthy recipients - Second Bite, Inspire, Red Dust Role Models & Sports Without BordersRead More
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Skype Web SDK Useful Links

Skype Web SDK Useful Links

30-Apr-2015
Yesterday, Microsoft released the Skype Web SDK Public Preview.
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting a handful of tutorials on how to use the SDK in a real-world environment, but in the meantime these links can help you get started with developing against this SDK.
 
Introducing the Skype Web SDK

Introducing the Skype Web SDK

29-Apr-2015
Developing applications with the Skype Web SDK has never been easier with the tools released today by Microsoft at the Build 2015 conference.
The Skype Web SDK is a new set of JavaScript components and HTML controls that enable developers to build new web experiences that seamlessly integrate a wide variety of real-time collaboration models leveraging Skype for Business services and the larger Skype network.
 
Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

29-Mar-2015
Tonight at midnight, we begin our ascent to the peak of Kilimanjaro, Uruhu Peak at an altitude of 5,895m.
It will take us around 8 hours to complete the climb.
 
We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

21-Mar-2015
In a little over 48hrs we begin our climb of the world's largest freestanding mountain, Kilimanjaro, in the northern plains of Tanzania, Africa.
All to raise funds for the Telco Together Foundation!
 
Lync Link List

Lync Link List

16-Mar-2015
In my travels I collect lots of links to pages about Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business.
 
JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

25-Feb-2015
Don't you just hate it when you stumble over a feature in Visual Studio that's been available for years, and realise that it could have saved you many hours of coding?
 
Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

11-Feb-2015
A presentation and discussion about various Lync and Skype for Business development frameworks (UCMA, UCWA, Skype API, 3rd party) and how they can be used as a pathway to implementing IoT (Internet of Things) communication to Lync and Skype users.
 
Send an IM with UCWA - Hints, Tips & Extra Goodies - Learn More

Send an IM with UCWA - Hints, Tips & Extra Goodies - Learn More

1-Feb-2015
A few small tricks and techniques for improving your UCWA application and user experience.
 
Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

31-Jan-2015
UCWA can be used to dynamically control the presence of an online Lync account.
 
Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

30-Jan-2015
UCWA, or the Unified Communications Web API, lets your send IMs easily using a simple HTTP RESTful API hosted on your Lync environment.
 
Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

29-Jan-2015
The first step when creating a new UCWA is to initialise an Application - a two way modality between your Lync user account and an intended recipient.
 
Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

28-Jan-2015
Learn some of the import prerequisites for installing and configuring UCWA on your Lync 2013 environment.
 
An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

27-Jan-2015
Microsoft Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) is a REST API that exposes Lync Server 2013 Instant Messaging and Presence capabilities.
This tutorial series explains how to use UCWA to send a simple Instant Message (IM)
 
The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

12-Jan-2015
The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lemosho, a relatively new route, is favoured due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate.
 
Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

16-Dec-2014
An overview of building a Windows Phone 8 Silverlight Game using XAML, C# and Visual Studio 2013.
 
Skype for Business Announced

Skype for Business Announced

11-Nov-2014
Microsoft have announced a significant update to the Lync product range, including rebranding the product as Skype for Business, bringing it closer to final convergence with the Skype platform and direction.

The changes are slated for the first half of 2015.
 
Lync Agent DNS Checker

Lync Agent DNS Checker

25-Oct-2014
Lync Agent DNS Checker is a very simple tool to remotely test DNS records against those required for Lync 2013, Lync Online, Exchange 2013 and/or Office 365.
The tool uses a number of external DNS servers (Google, Microsoft, and others) to remotely query a domain name, to ensure accurate results.
Lync Agent DNS Checker is an informational tool – no registration or advertisements, and has just one single function.
 
Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

24-Oct-2014
More than 150,000 administrators rely on PRTG Network Monitor every day to monitor their LANs, WANs, servers, websites, appliances, URLs, and more - now they can easily send notifications via Lync using Lync Agent.
 
cloudvscloud.com.au - comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers

cloudvscloud.com.au - comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers

1-Oct-2014
Looking for a quick and simple way to compare Virtual Machine instance costs across a number of cloud providers?I was, and like many had resorted to building Excel spreadsheets of the various options.
However there isn't usually a 1:1 relationship between equivalent virtual machine resource options (CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.
) across platforms, so it’s not as easy as finding an equivalent.
So over a rainy weekend I whipped up a quick online calculator to compare the closest-match instances across different providers.
Check out http://www.
cloudvscloud.
com.
au/Still very basic, but would love to hear everyone’s feedback and suggestions.
 
Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

22-Sep-2014
Today I'm excited to announce the launch of the beta version of our new product, Lync Agent, an API-based framework for sending Instant Messages and other rich content from applications and systems, without the need for a Lync Client, or even your own Lync servers.
Lync Agent is a hosted Software as A Service (SaaS) technology that sits between your Microsoft Lync environment (physical or Office 365), and your applications.
It’s ‘cloud’ based, so you don’t need any special hardware or software.
Why is this useful?Sure, you can send an IM, an Image, a hyperlink or a variety of other content from your Lync Client.