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When did you contact your IT help desk to raise a case for your outlook calendar meetings are not synchronizing with your Office Communicator? Let it be last time. You can follow below steps to create a custom status on your office communicator client.

Status by default:



Steps to create custom status:

  • Create a xml file
  • Create a registry key
  • Restart the office communicator

Create an xml file:

I’m going to create an xml file with following custom status:

  1. Working from home
  2. Working on Project
  3. Meeting with Customer
  4. In Client Training

<?xml version=”1.0″ ?>


<customStates xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/09/2005/communicator/customStates xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/09/2005/communicator/customStates http://livecommteam/sites/main/ice/Wave%2012%20Docs/CustomActivities.xsd“>


<customState ID=”1 availability=”online“>

<activity LCID=”1033“>Working from Home</activity>

<activity LCID=”1036“>French Online</activity>

</customState>


<customState ID=”2 availability=”busy“>

<activity LCID=”1033“>Working on Project</activity>

<activity LCID=”1036“>French Meeting</activity>

</customState>


<customState ID=”3 availability=”busy“>

<activity LCID=”1033“>Meeting with Customer</activity>

<activity LCID=”1036“>French Meeting</activity>

</customState>


<customState ID=”4 availability=”busy“>

<activity LCID=”1033“>In Client Training</activity>

<activity LCID=”1036“>French Meeting</activity>

</customState>

</customStates>

Copy the above content and paste in a notepad and save it as an XML file called Presence in the following location

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office Communicator

Create a registry key:

Go to Startà Runà RegeditàExpand Computerà HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEà SOFTWAREàPoliciesà Microsoftà Right click on Communicatorà NewàString Valueà rename string value to CustomStateURLàRight click on CustomStateURLà Modifyà paste C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office Communicator\Presence.xmlàOk

After closing your registry just restart the office communicator, now you can see something like this:


I hope you would have enjoyed this, Cheers!!!


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