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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

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

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