A Closer Look at Status Locks

With the recent release of OfficeStatus v4.5 comes a powerful new in/out board feature – user status locks.

Locking a user’s status prevents it from being changed by external forces such as calendar sync, presence detection features (e.g. “status events”), status scheduling etc. When a user’s status is locked, it can only be unlocked via direct user interaction.

status-lock

So how is this feature useful? Well, it’s actually designed to assist with a number of specific scenarios, but one common one is when an employee unexpectedly calls in sick. That OfficeStatus user may very well have an active status schedule, or may be actively syncing their status with their Outlook/Exchange calendar. In such cases, the user’s status will be automatically updated during sync operations, which is probably not what you want if the user is out sick.

Status locks resolve this problem by allowing qualified users (admin, receptionist, or manager role members) to temporarily prevent status changes for such users. As mentioned above, only a user-initiated status change will effectively unlock it.

OfficeStatus v4.5 also provides a site-wide switch (off by default) that can prevent “normal users” (those that aren’t part of the admin, receptionist, or manager roles) from locking their own statuses.

Finally, status locks can also be observed in user status reports (an additional column has been added for this purpose).

Posted: December 4, 2013 3:19 pm

OfficeStatus v4.5 is Released

Key Metric Software is proud to announce the v4.5 release of OfficeStatus, our award winning in/out status board software. This release is the best version of OfficeStatus yet, thanks in large part to excellent feedback from our valued customers. Our sincerest thanks to all of you!

What’s New in v4.5?

There are many new features and improvements in this release. Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • New status lock feature that prevents status changes not initiated by users
  • Private locations that are invisible to non-members
  • The ability to “lock” users into their departments
  • A new location manager security role
  • New admin level “enable or disable features” capabilities
  • Numerous user interface improvements
  • Much more!

To learn more about what’s new in v4,5, please see the release notes:

http://www.officestatus.com/download/ReleaseNotes.aspx

How to Upgrade

The v4.5 release is a free upgrade for existing OfficeStatus v4 licensees, and is available for immediate download:

http://www.officestatus.com/download/

We recommend upgrading OfficeStatus Server first (just run the installer, the upgrade is automatic) and then upgrade Windows Clients installations as time permits. Older versions of OfficeStatus Windows Client will continue to work with the new OfficeStatus Server release.

For more information regarding the upgrade, please see the Upgrade FAQ.

Posted: November 19, 2013 3:48 pm

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