Mu Han has our most recent post on the UC blog regarding the Private Beta for OCS 2007. I was one of the 10 beta team members at the event this past week in Bellevue. Our job was to assist with proctoring of the labs and overall I believe they were successful. We had one multiparty video conferencing bug in the specific bits we were using and ran into a few problems with the lab that integrated with a few gateways for phone testing. We were not able to have the Friday labs with Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging due to the wind storms in the area. The Bellevue area was without power and so we had about 30-60 minutes from the UM team discussing the technology and then broke for the day.
I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to chat with some folks while there on campus and see how their work life is going with the recent change to the new UC "Tanjay" phone on their desktop. If I am lucky I might get placed on that specific deployment. As we anticipate the Beta 3 version being released before end of year, it will be great to start playing with a more solid build with more features, namely voice, being included in the product.
If you are successful in finding my personal blog you might catch a glance to the challenges of no power and trying to return home.