BlackBerry Client for OCS 2007

Research In Motion (RIM) have had a BlackBerry LCS client for some time, but in case you hadn’t heard they have now released a client for OCS 2007. BlackBerry® Client for use with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 allows you to engage in immediate interactive communication while you’re on the go. Exchange text messages with…


Messenger for Mac 7 – available now

We have just launched Messenger for Mac 7, which allows Mac users to connect to Office Communications Server 2007 (or Live Messenger). Built for corporate Mac users on Office Communications Server 2007, Messenger for Mac 7 gives co-workers new ways to communicate easily with each other in different locations or time zones. Additionally, personal users…


Communicator inside Outlook

Outlook automatically includes presence indicators for all email recipients/senders/etc.  But if you spend most of your day inside Outlook, this utility allows you to access the rest of your Communicator functionality without switching applications.   Available at Share this post :  IM me! Technorati Tags: outlook, communicator, api, tipsntricks, utilities


Differentiating between Stages of Enhanced Presence

Over at the the Office Communicator Team Blog there is a great article that explains the different stages of Enhanced Presence. This is very useful information – many customers I have worked with have questions about determining what the client migration steps are, and at what point users can not roll back from “enhanced” clients…


TechNet Vodcast: Communicator softphone/IP phone/mobile phone

Last week I filmed a Vodcast for the TechNet Australia blog demo-ing Office Communicator 2007 in its three variants: Communicator 2007 (softphone), Communicator 2007 Phone Edition (hard phone) and Communicator Mobile (mobile client). Click below to view the video at Soapbox. Thanks to Deeps for filming, and for giving me the opportunity to spread the UC…


Custom presence states in Communicator 2007

Office Communicator 2007 has rich presence states such as Available, Busy, In A Meeting – but it is very easy to enhance this further by creating your own custom presence states.  It’s as easy as creating an XML file and importing it into Communicator.  Example of some new presence states shown here…..   To create this, create an XML…


Office Communicator Mobile 2007 for WM5/6 – now available!

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a Unified Communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices. Here are some screenshots from my phone. A presence indicator is installed on your Today screen.  (yes I know that’s a lot of…


New Blogs for Office Communications Server and Office Communicator

We have created two new Blogs for Office Communications Server and Office Communicator. These Blogs are by the respective teams within the Unified Communications Group. Please add them to your RSS or favorites. The URL’s are and On these two blogs you will be able to learn about the product teams, their features,…


OCS documentation and deployment guides

Use this page to find documentation and other content to help you deploy and operate Office Communications Server 2007 Standard/Enterprise, Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access (2007 release). This page also has great documentation on planning for and deploying VoIP/video with OCS. Technorati Tags: ocs,…


Download the RTM trial version of OCS

A 180-day evaluation version of Office Communications Server is now available for download.  So download now and it fire it up in your lab! Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Trial Download Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, formerly called Live Communications Server, delivers streamlined communications to help you find and communicate with the right person, in real…