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Breaking News: Microsoft Office Communications Server “14” now has a name…

Today Microsoft announced the name of it’s upcoming next version of OCS (Office Communications Server).  It’s Lync.  “Big deal.  What’s in a name?” Good point.  I guess the bigger news announced today would be that you can now download a Release Candidate of Lync, too.  UPDATE: Be warned that if you simply want to try… Read more

Kevin’s Angelbeat Event Resources (July 2010)

25%-OFF Special TechNet Plus Subscription Promotion – Yes, save nearly $100  off of a new TechNet Plus Direct Subscription!Use Promotion Code TNITQ404 (that’s 4-ZERO-4) at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/subscription   E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com Follow Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KevinRemde   “WAG” = Windows Administrator Groups (on… Read more

Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC.  Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria.  The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products.  The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and work to help you reduce your TCO (another TLA… Read more

NEW Bigger Discount on TechNet Plus Subscriptions!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This promotion and promotion code have expired.Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event, I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber.  Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand.  Considering that this is typically a Microsoft-friendly audience, I’m… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate Available TODAY

Evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate today “The new Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate is here.  Download this 120-day free release candidate version and try the new features in your own environment. When you register for the Exchange Server 2010 RC software you will automatically receive valuable product evaluation resources assembled in one convenient… Read more

Geeky-Cool: An IT Evangelists Wedding

An IT Evangelist (so you know he’s cool), Narenda Wicaksono just shared an interesting story with those of us on an internal e-mail distribution list.  The story could have been titled: How true love (and technology) overcame all obstacles (and costs!).  His e-mail described it like this: “Living in a country with rich culture like… Read more

IT Managers – This hub’s for YOU!

Breaking News: The IT Manager Community Hub is LIVE! Spread the word! For several months now, I’ve been working with people in the Microsoft BMO on this project, which started because of a recognition that IT Managers – people who lead IT people and run IT organizations – haven’t been served as well as they… Read more

A Conversation About An OCS Deployment

Jacob Thornberry of Brooks Stevens took a few minutes out of his busy day as their lone IT Pro to talk to me about his recent rollout of Office Communications Server 2007.  I thought this conversation would benefit anyone who is considering rolling out OCS, and so with Jacob’s permission, we recorded our conversation for… Read more

Kevin’s Unified Communications Session Resources – IVNUA Conference

E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.comFeedback e-mail to my boss: Rich Russell– richruss@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event InformationTechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremdeMSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.comMicrosoft Across America: http://www.microsoft.com/acrossamerica 15%-off TechNet Subscription Promotion – Yes! Save $$$!Offer good through May 31st, 2009 on new subscriptions.Use Promotion Code TMSAM08 (that’s “zero 8” – think 2008)… Read more

Kevin’s Office Communications Server 2007 Session Resources

Office Connections 2008 – Orlando, FL – April 29, 2008 E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.comFeedback e-mail to my boss: Rich Russell– richruss@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event InformationTechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremdeMSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.comMicrosoft Across America: http://www.microsoft.com/acrossamerica 15%-off TechNet Subscription Promotion – Yes! Save $$$!Offer good through May 31st, 2009 on new… Read more