I have a suggestion. I'm using Windows 7 with the Aero Peek function (think it's also available in Vista though). When I do the Aero Peek contacts setup to appear on desktop also get hidden. Would it be possible to keep them visible? It would be a really great feature allowing us to simply hit Windows+Space keys to quickly see who's connected.
I found some hints on how to do it, don't know though if it's gonna help you.