Saturday, July 28, 2012

An Update on GVOMS

So, as many people quickly found out - GVOMS.com wasn't working. At first, the
mirrors shut down, and then Google got stricter regarding logging in through an external server. With some
tweaks, however, I've managed to bring the service up just fine - including support for dual factor
authenticated accounts via application specific passwords.


However, there is
more bad news. It seems that the latest version of Outlook (2013) is removing
"Office Mobile Service". What that means is that GVOMS will only be available for use in Office 2000 and
Office 2007. I will end support for GVOMS no later than the version of Outlook after 2013 - unless
significant interest/donation is put towards it.


The good news is, however,
that GVOMS doesn't have to just be for Outlook. GVOMS provides a protocol that Office understands, but is
open for the entire web. GVOMS provides a SOAP interface for sending Text messages over Google Voice.


So
if you're an interested developer, let that sink in - and then try to build something on top of it ;) You
can read up on [MS-OMS]:
Office Mobile Service Protocol Specification
over on MSDN.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Navarr. I just started using the GVOMS service last week. I do like it and hope your
    support continues for a while yet. It appears that the certificate has expired. Will thta be renewed?

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  2. I'm in the process of renewing the certificate now, since the IP is apparently charged
    through April 2014.

    I'm going to modify the backend to see how much people use the
    service (anonymously), and a separate store of hashed emails so that I can send out a notification that I
    plan to take it down in a year from now (unless people donate)

    An IPv4 address is
    expensive on a student budget. We'll see where it goes though. I honestly didn't think the service was used
    enough that people would start asking about it being down (I've already gotten at least one other email
    since Dreamhost notified me of the certificate expiration)

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