RE: Communicator a real stand-out

Subject: RE: Communicator a real stand-out
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:52:41 -0400

One possible solution:

Just a guess - I haven't tried it myself. But this does sound like an
"ease of access" setting.

-----Original Message-----
From: Combs, Richard
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:26 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Communicator a real stand-out

Exactly what you do: I keep missing people's overtures, etc. That subtle
color change of the button on the task bar just doesn't register much of
the time. And sound is usually directed to my headset, which is usually
not on my head. Sigh.

It's not just Office Communicator. It seems to me that something changed
for the worse regarding alerting, probably around Win XP SP2. Unless my
memory fails me, various alert popups and notifications (from various
applications) used to reliably come to the front and _stay there_ (that
is, retain focus) until I acknowledged them.

But now (Win 7, but also Win XP SP3), if I'm typing in another window
when an alert/notification pops up or an app like Communicator takes
focus, my next keystroke 0.07 seconds later sends it back into the
clutter of (probably covered) background windows.

I haven't come up with any solution other than bitching at Microsoft.

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