How to make custom Presences in Lync 2010 client

I found the possibility to create Custom Presences on the Technet pages, tried them out and liked it.

So how to do it in simple steps.

We have to create a XML file just copy it from below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<customStates>
  <customState
    ID="1"
    availability="Online">
    <activity
      LCID="1033">At Customer</activity>
  </customState>
</customStates>

Save this file as an xml file on a location on a harddrive or a url of you’re liking.I used e:\Custom\custompresences.xml

If you want to create more then one presence you can add more to you’re XML file just add the following.

  <customState
    ID="1"
    availability="Online">
    <activity
      LCID="1033">Custom Presence</activity>
  </customState>

Increment de ID number an change te line Custom Presence to the one you want.

Now we have to create a DWORD key and a string in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Value data off the string you have to type location of the XML file you created. When using a file location use the following file:///path to filename  or the url where the saved XML file is placed.

Now log off and Log on again.