Office 365 is coming

The next big transition in Microsoft’s journey to the cloud is almost here… Office 365 is a major update to Microsoft Online Services, and is really delivering on the promise that We’re All In! Office 365 provides easy access to best of breed collaboration cloud service including Exchange 2010, Sharepoint 2010, Lync 2010 and Office…

Voicemail: a story of unrealised potential

This whitepaper details the value that Exchange 2010’s Unified Messaging capabilities offer to empower your users, reduce cost and manage risk by replacing your voicemail system. Voicemail is a relatively mature technology. It is so thoroughly established in users’ daily workflows that it has become practically invisible to the organization except as an ongoing expense….

OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 member server role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.  Details at


UC: What, Why, Who, Where, How and When?

I wrote a post for Australian IT’s “The Hub” that has just been published… Check it out for my opinions on UC from a business perspective – what do you need to consider before rolling out, how do you drive end-user adoption, what do you need to consider for the future.

Windows Mobile 6.5 completes Common Criteria EAL4+ testing

On Friday 5th February Windows Mobile 6.5 completed evaluation by Defence Signals Directorate(DSD) for Common Criteria EAL4+ certification. In the Mobile Products area of the Evaluated Products List you will see status for Windows Mobile OS and MDM, including any status on Crypto testing:


Unified Communications at Microsoft supports over 40,000 users. Multiple communications tools such as e-mail, Instant Messaging, voice mail, voice, and presence are delivered in a unified experience which is available anywhere. Because multiple and disparate communication systems have been consolidated and in sourced onto a single solution, the ability to manage and measure the environment…

NET acquires SmartSIP

This is great news – NET are a strong UC voice partner, and SmartSIP will give them advanced capabilities like registering SIP phones to OCS.   FREMONT, CA–(Marketwire – February 4, 2010) – Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. ("NET") (NASDAQ: NWK), a leader in network and voice-over-IP solutions, and Evangelyze Communications ("EC"), a Microsoft Unified Communications…


Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Workload Architecture Poster

This poster of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 describes the traffic flow of protocols and ports used in each workload. Communications Server 2007 R2 supports the following workloads: IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise Voice. These filtered views can assist you in architecting your deployment of Communications Server 2007 R2. The different server…

Exchange 2010 has left the building

The Exchange PG has declared RTM, so Exchange 2010 has been signed off and is now officially completed. This is an exciting release and provides great value to business of all sizes. Read more at the Exchange Team Blog. Woohoo!

OCS Federation updates

Some great news announced overnight… Starting October 1, 2009, a PIC License will no longer be required for federation with American Online (AOL).  Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license. Microsoft is  also releasing the Microsoft Office…