Software: The medium to greater business value with communications

We frequently talk about the communications industry being at a crossroads, and when I look at the lineup of keynote speakers at next week’s VoiceCon 2007 – all software companies – it’s apparent where we are headed. But what does it mean that voice communications is becoming software based? Given the brief history of computing…

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Beta 2 released

Great news from the Unified Communications Group and the Exchange Product Team. Exchange 2007 SP1 Beta 2 has been released as a commuity technology preview for subscribers of MSDN and TechNet Plus.  To learn more about it, please check out the Exchange Team Blog http://www.microsoft.com/technet/abouttn/subscriptions/default.mspx – Kevin Engman  UC Community

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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 http://www.communicationsserverteam.com and http://www.communicatorteam.com On these two blogs you will be able to learn about the product teams, their features,…

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Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 to be released to manufacturing (RTM) tomorrow!

Today, Jeff Raikes announced some great news at the Financial Analyst Meeting that Communications Server 2007 and Communicator 2007 is code complete and will be released to manufacturing tomorrow, July 27th.   RTM is a significant milestone in our unified communications and VoIP strategy, and we’re looking forward to general availability this fall.   To learn…

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New Microsoft Unified Communications TechNet Virtual labs

If you like FREE and want to experiment with unified communications products in a virtual online environment, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out the newest Unfied Communications TechNet Virtual labs covering the following topics: deploying and configuring, enabling users and installing, configuring and using conferencing, using management and troubleshooting tools, compliance and archiving, and…

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Office Live Meeting Preview

We previewed our next major release of Microsoft Office Live Meeting today at TechEd. This proved to be an important milestone for us since we haven’t had a major update to the service in awhile. Customers told us they wanted to see new features in three major areas 1) tighter media integration 2) better e–learning…


Office Communcations Server 2007 to Interoperate with 80% of Global PBX Installed Base

At Interop Las Vegas 2007, Microsoft Corp and 9 leading IP-PBX vendors announced plans to provide interoperability between their respective communications solutions; this represents more than 80% of the global PBX installed base. These industry leaders are integrating their IP telephony offerings with the Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 unified communications solution.   This has been enabled…


Office Communications Server Strategic Gateway Partners

The Office Communications Server Public Beta has now been enhanced by product offerings from Unified Communications Group’s strategic gateway partners. After IT Pros download the Public Beta, they will be directed to the Strategic Hardware Partners Resource Page  (http://www.microsoft.com/uc/pdgtrials/default.mspx).   Gateways are a key component of Office Communications Server 2007 delivering software-powered VoIP that works…


Devices added to Office Communications Server Public Beta

Are you excited about devices?   If so, please check out the next generation of phones and devices we announced today with our partners optimized for Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. We’re encouraging customers to test drive some of these products through our beta program starting tomorrow.   Also, if you get…


Tellme Networks Officially joins Microsoft

Some great news today as Tellme Networks has officially joined the Microsoft family. On May 3rd, Microsoft announced that it has completed its acquisition of Tellme, the Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of voice services for everyday life, including nationwide directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile search.   Tellme will operate as a wholly…