Image from http://www.talko.com/
Yesterday, a lot of us read about Ray Ozzie’s latest venture, Talko, in the media. The guy does know how to get the word out. That and the fact that he basically invented Lotus Notes, built and sold Groove to Microsoft, became Microsoft’s chief technical officer or chief software architect (or whatever, depending on where you read it), and left Microsoft to, well, “Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time“. Oh, and Groove is under the hood in OneDrive for Business. Comments on that last one withheld.
All kidding aside, in my playing around with Talko yesterday with Kris Wagner (@SharePointKris) and a few of my other nerd friends, I think Ray and the boys may have Another Big Thing here.
The big benefit of Talko in my mind is to bring all of the disjointed “conversations” we have across different tools on our phones together in one interface. How often do you start a “conversation” in texts (maybe surreptitiously from an another meeting), then move to email (at your desk after the meeting), then maybe call (once you realize that it’s easier than typing)?
With Talko, that can all happen in one annotated stream. You can flip from mode to mode in the stream painlessly. That gives you a mixed media record of the *real* conversation. No more hunting for “Where did Kris say that thing about…”. I can picture people basically living in the Talko app rather than flipping from one app to another. Once they have our captive attention, they can do with us what they choose.
This is what Skype or Lync should or could be, IMO. Ray’s going to give them a run for their money. I can hear the network admin conversations starting already about how to block Talko in the “enterprise”. Like Dropbox, it’s going to fill a need that people didn’t know they had and organizational secrets will be flying through the airwaves. I predict it’s a winner.
This is a silly thing to need to post about, but I just spent about 15 minutes trying to figure it out, so I’m sure others will have the same trouble.
I’ve read all about the impending merge of Skype and Microsoft Messenger. (See Skype and Messenger Coming Together: The Next Chapter)
I figured I’d get ahead of things and merge my two accounts now to get it over with. I’ve never been much of a Messenger user, so I’m not all that invested in it as an application. However, over the years I’ve collected some contacts there that I don’t want to lose.
I’ve been using Skype as a messaging application for years, though, so I’ve already got it all set up and I update it regularly.
I figured it would be easy to find out how to merge my two accounts, so I started looking around in Skype help. The best results I got were when I searched for “merge accounts”. However everything that I found was geared toward the “what happens when…” questions.
I wasn’t interested in what happens, I just wanted to do it!
If that info is in Skype’s help, then I can’t find it. If it’s there, then it’s very well hidden.
I did find a blog post out there in the InterWebz (How to Merge Skype and Windows Live Messenger Accounts into Microsoft Account by Venkat eswarlu) that explained it, though, so I’m going to give the gist of it here. It’s actually pretty easy, once you know what to do.
Here are the steps:
- Be sure to update your copy of Skype. You may not have some of the bits you need if you are running an older version. To do this, simply go to Help / Check for Updates and follow the instructions.
- Once Skype is running again, log out.
- Log in with your Microsoft Account (nee LiveID) credentials
- Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be asked if you already have a Skype account. Since you already do, click the “I have a Skype account” button.
- Next, you’ll log in with your Skype credentials.
- Finally, you”ll see the prompt to merge your accounts.
From this point forward, you should use your Microsoft Account to log into Skype.
This one might fall into the "Duh, Marc" category, but when I get stuck, I figure maybe someone else out there might get stuck, too. (And it makes me feel better to think that way.)
I was trying to get Skype set up on my Dell Latitude D820 laptop this morning (which is running Vista), and I couldn’t get the microphone to work. When I went into the Control Panel, Sound, and looked at the Recording tab, I saw this:
So the internal microphone was there, but it was "Currently unavailable". After a little poking around on the Web, I found the answer: I needed to set the Internal Mic as the default:
Once I did that, all was right in the world again.