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Custom Emoticons in Lync Client

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  • I know there is no native way to add custom emoticons to my lync clients therefore I am trying to find a workaround. I would ideally like to add the image to the default list. I used a tool to open the lync client install exe but did not find any location to add a custom image.  I would appreciate any positive direction.

    Friday, June 24, 2011 6:17 PM

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  • The Lync 2010 SDK does not provide a way to add custom emoticons.

    For Lync Client questions, I suggest that you post your question in the Lync Client Forum:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ocsclients/threads


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    Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:14 PM
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  • Hi all,

    I have cleaned up this thread a little and would like to remind all participants to keep the tone of the conversation appropriate.

    I have captured the feedback here and escalated it to the product team for consideration as a possible future feature.

    I would also like to clarify a post earlier about the use of custom emoticons and the Skype UI. Custom emoticons can be implemented using a legacy API that we are in the process of deprecating however modifying the Skype UI is not permitted and so its unlikely that custom emoticons, on our standard development terms,  would be permitted there either.

    I am closing this topic for further replies.

    Allen Smith

    Program manager

    Skype Developer

    Lync Partner Engagement Team

    Monday, March 10, 2014 1:46 PM
    Owner

All replies

  • The Lync 2010 SDK does not provide a way to add custom emoticons.

    For Lync Client questions, I suggest that you post your question in the Lync Client Forum:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ocsclients/threads


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    Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:14 PM
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  • Actually... just brainstorming here, but it should be possible to implement the following workaround:

    1. Create a Silverlight application and host it in the Conversation Window Extension.

    2. In the application, provide your own chat window.

    3. Also provide your own set of emoticons.

    4. Using contextual data, you can send the emoticons back and forth between clients that have your custom CWE app registered.

    5. You can either send the images, or parse the messages in some other way. There is a video on Channel 9 that shows how to send images as contextual data: http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/Lync

     


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    Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:20 PM
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  • Just a thought, but if the question is "I want more smilies" and the answer begins "Create a Silverlight application...", I believe we've entered the realm of absurd overkill.

    • Proposed as answer by Margaret29 Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:18 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Margaret29 Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:19 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Benny Gold Tuesday, March 05, 2013 12:04 PM
    Friday, February 17, 2012 9:07 PM
  • I'm with you and would go a bit further . . . can anyone say . . .

    you have way too much time on your hands

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:19 PM
  • who actually marked Kai Strandskov's comment as the solution. A solution is something that solves a problem. That is just a suggestion.

    Any update on this topic?

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012 3:21 AM
  • Kai Strandskov marked his own answer as the solution.
    Wednesday, May 02, 2012 7:08 PM
  • seriously. how hard could it be to add an animated gif?
    Monday, May 07, 2012 6:13 PM
  • I totally agree.

    Check out IBM Sametime, has his feature and many other tools that really help you in your work, e.g. integrated screen snipping.

    • Proposed as answer by anders1975 Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:50 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by anders1975 Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:54 PM
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 4:01 PM
  • Unfortunately, that requires Notes. After three years of torture attempting to implement Notes, we've given up and gone back to Exchange.
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 4:20 PM
  • People are still trying to go to notes... I have been trying for 3 years to get rid of it! 

    We simply tell them its not possible, and provide them a link to funny and creative ways around missing icons...

    http://www.wikihow.com/Type-Emoticons

    Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:29 PM
  • I totally agree.

    Check out IBM Sametime, has his feature and many other tools that really help you in your work, e.g. integrated screen snipping.

    This was actually a hint (for free) to Microsoft: Unless IBM has patented the seemingly very basic function of customizing your emoticons, as well as integrate the snipping tool so you very rapidly can get any part of a screen shot pasted into the ongoing text flow, I don't understand why Microsoft doesn't implement those two too.
    Does Microsoft really want to stay behind IBM?
    • Proposed as answer by anders1975 Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:55 PM
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:54 PM
  • Good point. I marked the wrong entry as the answer! :) Corrected!

    Thanks everyone for the feedback on this.


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    Monday, August 20, 2012 10:08 PM
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  • We require an emoticon to say 'Thank you'.

    How to inform microsoft lync team to incorporate this.

    I know that there is no way to add a new emoticon..thanks

    Friday, October 05, 2012 10:20 AM
  • Thanks for letting us know.  Custom emoticons are on the to-do list, although no release date has been announced.

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    Friday, October 05, 2012 7:41 PM
    Owner
  • Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft developers every use their own products!  There is a massive gaping chasm between users, Microsoft here.  How many years have people been chatting, and software developers coming up with better and better products to satisfy the individuals desire to be unique and creative?  Then along comes Microsoft and releases what is equivalent to a rotary phone in the smart phone market!  HELLO!!! MS are you listening?!?  OK, ill get off the soap box now.

    Friday, October 05, 2012 8:11 PM
  • Well Im not sure if I would call it " massive gaping chasm " .. its more like "reality disfunction" ... you can see the other side of the chasm.. and they can see you.. but there is no audio.. no ack : )))

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:08 AM
  • Well, when we had Notes and Sametime, we weren't allowed to add our own GIFs anyway, so it probably isn't a big deal to a lot of people. More annoying is that something as obvious as LOL is missing.
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 2:06 PM
  • And the correct answer is, use Skype that allows custom smileys :)

    Systems Engg

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 3:35 PM
  • Hi Kai,

    Sorry to say this .. however it has stayed on to do list for quite a long time (ever since communicator 2005 R2)

    Regards

    Subash

    Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:15 AM
  • We are migrating to a full MS setting within my company; goodbye Sametime, specialized emoticons and action GIFs..

    Really, how is this not in Lync?  It's not trivial, and not hard to include.  What gives?

    Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:04 PM
  • unfortunatly skype doesn't have enterprise level security... so you would be incorrect (@IamwhoIam ).

    http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Microsoft_s_Skype_Grows_Up__Marries_Lync&story_id=010000R4XIJY&full_skip=1

    It may some time in the future, but by design Skype is an open federation, and Lync is a limited (controlled) one. There are good reasons for the dichotomy.

    Additionally in Win 4.5 (WinRT) there would be no way to do what is proposed by Kai Strandskov [Msft] as a work arround as silverlight is no longer a viable enterprise solution.


    The Bunny did math well.


    • Edited by louisila Friday, April 05, 2013 6:42 PM fixed reference.
    Friday, April 05, 2013 6:40 PM
  • I'm with you and would go a bit further . . . can anyone say . . .

    you have way too much time on your hands

    Well it seems that you have a lot of free time on your hands, given that you have the time to log in and comment with the sole purpose of being condescending. 
    • Proposed as answer by EJONAMO Tuesday, September 03, 2013 7:06 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by EJONAMO Tuesday, September 03, 2013 7:06 AM
    Friday, May 24, 2013 2:01 PM
  • I can't believe how much I love you right now. Priceless response.
    Friday, February 28, 2014 9:50 PM
  • Hi all,

    I have cleaned up this thread a little and would like to remind all participants to keep the tone of the conversation appropriate.

    I have captured the feedback here and escalated it to the product team for consideration as a possible future feature.

    I would also like to clarify a post earlier about the use of custom emoticons and the Skype UI. Custom emoticons can be implemented using a legacy API that we are in the process of deprecating however modifying the Skype UI is not permitted and so its unlikely that custom emoticons, on our standard development terms,  would be permitted there either.

    I am closing this topic for further replies.

    Allen Smith

    Program manager

    Skype Developer

    Lync Partner Engagement Team

    Monday, March 10, 2014 1:46 PM
    Owner