Office Communications Server 2007 Beta announced

I said last week that Jeff Raikes was going to make an announcement, he has. It starts:”Within three years, more than 100 million people will be able to make phone calls from Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, and other Microsoft Office Systems applications; and customers will be able to gain this value with VoIP solutions that are…

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At Voice-con next week Jeff Raikes will announce…

Er, no. After what I said about leaking a few days ago I’m not going ruin Jeff’s carefully prepared keynote. But on March 7th he’s doing a keynote. Our Press pass site will have information, and (I’m told) a video. This is the next installment of the stuff Jeff started to lift the curtain on…

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Voice mail must become extinct .

Eileen blogged a few days back about her frustration that we can’t roll out Unified Messaging any quicker, and I want it for one reason and one reason only. A while back I wrote about Stupid phones. I listened to Gurdeep at TechReady saying that his phone hasn’t learnt any new tricks in 20 years.  Voice mail hasn’t evolved…

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The phone is dead #2

“If you hadn’t fixed it to the desk it would be pushing up the daisies! It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This is an ex-business tool” I never deleted Darren Stange’s post “My deskphone is stupid” from its RSS folder. Our desk phones just got more stupid: until this week a  Microsoft person could reach me…

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On current events

Eileen wrote Recently “Companies are still in the dark about Real Time Communications, some people view it as a waste of time and an invasion into their work time. ” You can get a 14 day free trial of live meeting and this video shows where we’re going with RTC – personally I can’t wait…


Free LCS exam voucher ….

I clean forgot to blog about this on my return from tech-ready. I blame the jetlag… Last year I helped with the work around the release of the Live Communications Server Exam – I mentioned this exam a while back, and thankfully I passed the beta so I’ve reached a total of 40 MCP exams,…

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Live Communications server now supports SQL 2005 SP1

I don’t like posting mails to my blog, but the following extract from a “Good news” e-mail which I picked up earlier today, was explicitly marked as sharable and didn’t need rephrasing. The RTC Product Group has now completed testing of Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 with SQL Server 2005 SP1, and is pleased to…

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How not to be read …

Eileen posed a question in her blog recently. “with everyone over the age of 6 using IM for social related chat, and interaction, just how do we get the message out about corporate Instant Messaging as a useful business productivity tool ” Simple: IM is more productive than e-mail. Or put another way more and more…


New Roadmap for Unified communications.

The following information has appeared on Presspass about the Unified Communications road map which is being unveiled later today. I’ve edited the press-release down to the key things as follows, please read the full Presspass article rather than relying on this. Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, [For] presence-based VoIP call management; audio-, video- and web-conferencing;…


Vista security tips

I promised Arthur that I would tell people about the Microsoft Unified Communications and RTC user group, UK, which goes by the Snappy name of MucUgUK , it’s early days for the user group, but if you’re interested in RTC or Unified Communications that’s the place to go.   Arthur also sent me a collection…

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