Call Lync IE Accelerator – Now Available!
Lync comes with an Internet Explorer Add-On which adds a call shortcut to any telephone numbers it recognises on the page.
I bet this works really well in the States, but in the UK (and, I’m guessing) lots of other countries, the UK format doesn’t get picked up by the parser, isn’t recognised and therefore doesn’t get a shortcut.
As a work-around to this, I’ve created a very simple IE Accelerator. It’s a selection-based accelerator, which means you can select any text you want, and Lync will try and call it. (It works best with real phone numbers, but will also work for internal extension numbers.)
In order to submit the Accelerator to the IE Gallery, it had to have a webpage. I’d recently read Scott Hansleman’s post on creating a Windows Phone app, and really liked the Wp7AppSite website template. So, I used that. I know it’s not a phone app. Meh.
Anyway, until it gets featured as the Number One Accelerator in the UK ;-p , you can install it for yourself by visiting /accelerator/