In providing online collaboration tools, Microsoft has been slow off the block, but with Microsoft Office Communicator an instant messaging alternative to Outlook has been pretty successful since its launch as part of Office 2007.
Thanks to Communicator, instant messaging, Voice over IP, video conferencing and integration with other Microsoft applications is available, while collaborative features include Whiteboard documents, PowerPoint documents, desktop sharing and application sharing. These are all widely-used features, and are particularly popular on both Windows computers and Apples, where Microsoft Office Communicator for Mac is available.
If you’re new to Microsoft’s collaboration software, this guide should be your first step in finding out the basics of using this tool in Windows and getting the most out of online collaboration with colleagues sitting at the next desk or on the other side of the globe.
At this stage, we might get started by launching Communicator; however, in most cases attempting to do this might lead you into some difficulty…