Is there a method “way” to be able to dial the phone number through asterisk from the outlook email contact?
Yes, there is, I am using
We have used this commercial software to dial via our IP phones at my office. It’s about $10 a license IIRC.
There’s also SIPTAPI: http://www.ipcom.at/en/telephony/siptapi/
If Outlook works anything like the KDE mail / news / calendar app Kontact, then you can specify a command to be run whenever a phone number is clicked on, and insert the number into the command by means of a placeholder.
Ordinarily, this would simply launch a softphone client.
What we did to get Asterisk-integrated fuctionality in Kontact was simply set the “call” command to invoke wget and fire a CGI script on the Asterisk box, which generated a callfile. The script knows the IP address from which it was invoked, and therefrom can determine the extension number of the nearest phone.
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That’s about $10 per licence more than you need to spend. I hope you got full Source Code and modification rights for that money, because you certainly would if you did it properly.