Hi, i notice that "company contacts" has been made unmanageable, see [this thread](https://www.thirdlane.com/forum/cannot-addedit-company-contacts)
We use the company contacts to generate an XML for a remote directory for handsets, and this functionality being removed is quite a problem - especially since we are now editing the SQL by hand and apparently this is causing issues with connect.
so i would like to propose these solutions:
1. since an un-managed "Company Contacts" is just "firstname lastname ext" from user extensions, then remove the interconnection with "Connect" and re-enable management of company contacts.
2. alternatively, clone company contacts into "External Contacts" (including selectable permissions etc same as company contacts) but this doesnt interact with connect. That allows us to "give" end users the ability to edit a remote directory. You could even include it as CID lookup for incoming calls
3. Have "Connect" view a subset of the "company contacts" (eg select * from directory where ext is not null) and manage only the "internal" directory, leaving us free to have end users manage any without an ext as "external" directory.
i think 3 will have the quickest resolution, and 2 would provide the best of both worlds.