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New Windows Vista Media Center mail, RSS and videophone applications from OABSoftware

New Windows Vista Media Center mail, RSS and videophone applications from OABSoftware

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I recently noticed a few posts on the Green Button forums announcing some new and updated Windows Vista Media Center applications from OABSoftware.  I wanted to post some information about them in case you didn't see those forum posts.  This information is summarized from the product information pages for each product and the forum posts.

Media Center Outlook 1.0

Media Center Outlook is a new application for Windows Vista Media Center.  It allows you to read email, view your calendar and task list, view information about your contacts, read your notes.  It retrieves this information from Microsoft Outlook and displays it within Windows Vista Media Center.

One important note - Media Center Outlook cannot be used on a Media Center extender because it is not possible to configure Microsoft Outlook for the user account that is used by the extender.

You can view more details about Media Center Outlook at the following locations:

Media Center Mail 2.1

Media Center Mail 2.1 is an updated version that supports Windows Vista Media Center.  It allows you to read your email within Windows Vista Media Center.  It comes with its own system for receiving email from POP3 servers.  In version 2.1, it is now possible to use Media Center Mail on a Media Center extender.

You can view more details about Media Center Mail at the following locations:

Media Center RSS Reader 2.1

Media Center RSS Reader is an updated version that supports Windows Vista Media Center.  It allows you to view items from RSS feeds (such as text-based news feeds, podcasts and video-blogs) within Windows Vista Media Center.  Media Center RSS Reader uses the same RSS feed store as Internet Explorer 7.  In version 2.1, it is now possible to use Media Center RSS Reader on a Media Center Extender.

You can view more details about Media Center RSS Reader at the following locations:

Media Center Video Phone 2.1

Media Center Video Phone is an updated version that supports Windows Vista Media Center.  It allows you to have video conversations within Windows Vista Media Center.  You can start conversations and answer incoming calls from others.  Media Center Video Phone for Windows Vista makes use of the standard SIP (session initiation) protocol.

Key changes in version 2.1 include the following:

  • Integration with the Media Center Outlook plug-in
  • Support for extensions
  • It comes with an extension for Yealink USB phones.  This extension lets you initiate and answer calls for Media Center Video Phone using a Yealink USB phone.

One important note - Media Center Video Phone cannot be used on a Media Center extender.

You can view more details about Media Center Video Phone at the following locations:

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