Surface Pro and Function (FN) key lock

Now that I figured this out, its a really cool feature but for the last week and half its been a real pain. At some point (likely when locking the computer and wiping the keyboard) pressing home and end keys on my Surface Pro stopped working as expected, to the point I put in a request…

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OT: Mouse wheel Macro for Windows8

Thanks to my teammate Andre for sharing this great switching method using the wheel button on the mouse. Download the Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 (formerly IntelliPoint and IntelliType Pro) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35379  Note this will require a reboot. Open Control Panel and Mouse. I went to the top right corner which brings up the menu and…

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LCS 2003 and Vista

I was contacted by Ian Fischer with an interesting question regarding LCS 2003 and Vista. I now need to support Vista clients and I have found out  that Messenger 5.1 doesn’t work on it.  It crashes constantly.  I run LCS 2003 and need a client to work on Vista.  I heard OC 2007 works, but…

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OC: Multiparty IM messages generate new window after 10 minute idle period

So I was contacted in IM today by a past colleague (Hey Steve) now doing some consulting and he brought up this issue and trying to find the value as well as some background. The issue came up with a customer who wanted to have what is referred to as persistent chat. We don’t position ourselves…

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LCS PIC – unable to add PIC contacts in Office Communicator

Now there are many times we have problems adding contacts so please read this carefully as the problem exposes itself for the user of MSN not Office Communicator (Windows Messenger would likely report the same or similar error, I just didn’t test as most customers run OC). Customer may report that when an MSN user…

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LCS RTC – An official product team blog

In its infancy but it has begun, an official RTC blog with product group involvement. http://blogs.technet.com/rtc/  I will continue this blog as it represents the support aspect of our product but I expect to help contribute to posts on that site from time to time also. Thanks for your patience and I hope that you…

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Office Communicator and Windows Messenger Logging

What I post below comes from my teammate Jason, I have been trying to get him to start blogging with me. If you find this information useful send me an email with the subject: GET JASON A BLOG!  Windows Messenger 5.0/5.1 (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Tracing)==========================================================To generate a logfile, you must to set the EnableFileTracing registry value =1, exit…

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LCS – Windows Messenger port information for IM, File Transfer, Audio and Video

This post is about the ports in use for Windows Messenger and Live Communications Server. VERY IMPORTANT: only the IM traffic goes through the LCS server, all other traffic is peer to peer. Firewalls and Windows MessengerOptions exist for using the advanced features of Windows Messenger with a non-UPNP firewall. Points to consider on this…

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Certificate handling differences with Windows Messenger 5.0 vs. 5.1

UPDATE <4/06/2005> Thanks Randy! The customer having this issue followed up and identified the root cause to be an invalid Certificate Revocation Path on the certificates. REPORTED PROBLEM Users connecting to LCS 2003 configured for TLS with Windows Messenger 5.0 could connect successfully. After upgrading to Windows Messenger 5.1 they would fail the connection with…

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Windows Messenger Autoconfiguration with LCS and domain names SRV queries

Interesting customer issue reported in that they could connect using TLS when providing the FQDN but when using Autoconfiguration it failed to connect. Normally when a customer tells us this we know that it is NOT a certificate issue, otherwise TLS would fail when using the FQDN. We can suspect that we have incorrect SRV…

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