Email Availability Considerations

Keeping your email up and running is mission critical.  While other business applications can go down without much notice, when email is down for even a minute everyone in the organization notices and wants answers.  As such, Exchange admins have long had approaches for ensuring email availability through various approaches.  This is also why Exchange…

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Happy Birthday, Exchange 2010!

It was just over a year ago that I had the privilege of launching Exchange 2010, standing on a stage in Berlin demoing some of the great new features in Exchange.  My enthusiasm has only grown in the past year.  Up to that point, I had already been on Exchange 2010 for over a year,…

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Lync Partner Eco-System Driving Choice and Value for Customers

Lync 2010 launched on November 17, marking an important milestone in our journey to bring together different silos of communication.  Chris Capossela and Gurdeep Singh Pall unveiled the product in New York and we enjoyed hearing from Bill Gates and our customers about the advantages of Lync over traditional solutions. I wanted to follow up…

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How do you Measure Pent-Up Demand?

My first week on the Lync team was back in the beginning of March.  With VoiceCon in Orlando happening that week, it was a great chance to jump right in with both feet.  When VoiceCon was over, the comments I’d heard in many customer conversations inspired me to post my first blog in the new…

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Exchange ActiveSync: The Industry Standard for Mobile Messaging

The other day I was riding a shuttle bus between buildings on the Microsoft campus in Redmond and I took a few minutes to check my Outlook Mobile Inbox on my smartphone.  There wasn’t anything urgent I had to respond to immediately, but I did notice that one of my meetings later in the day…

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Wonderware Helps Manufacturers Improve Processes with New Communications Tools

In this post I want to talk about one of our partners. Wonderware is a leading supplier of industrial software for manufacturing operations. Its solutions are used in approximately 125,000 plants worldwide. Wonderware recognized that many of its customers lacked efficient communications tools within their organizations. Kathleen Regan, Director of Strategic Alliances for Wonderware, says,…

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GREAT QUESTIONS about last week’s RTM Announcement!

Last Wednesday I posted that we’d released Lync to manufacturing, meaning our code is locked and the product is ready. We received some great questions as a result, so I wanted to address a few of them here.   First, there are still a few more steps before Lync is officially available. As I noted…

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Microsoft Lync Released to Manufacturing

Today I have the pleasure of blogging about the final engineering milestone for Microsoft Lync 2010 – the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator – also known as Release to Manufacturing, or RTM. We’re incredibly excited about this release as it’s really the culmination of a five-year journey to help customers transform the…

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Office 365: Lync meets the Cloud

 Today, we announced Office 365, our next generation cloud productivity service.  Office 365 brings Exchange, SharePoint and Lync Online together with Office desktop software as a cloud service.  The technology will provide the latest, most complete, up-to-date service you can buy.  It’s everything you already know and use with Office, and it’s online and designed…

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Office 365: The Best of Everything We Know About Productivity in One Cloud Service

Today, Microsoft announced Office 365, which we believe will define the future of productivity.  Office 365 is a new cloud service that brings enterprise-grade productivity to everyone – helping professionals and smaller orgs get access to enterprise-grade productivity solutions for the first time, and helping larger organizations reduce costs and stay current with the latest…

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