Don’t Be the Last Company on Notes

The new year is starting off with a bang – a great new set of Notes customers decided to Exchange and SharePoint.  At this rate, 2011 could be one of our biggest Notes “switcher” years, yet.    With IBM’s annual Lotusphere conference starting next week, it means that Notes customers are evaluating what they can improve…

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Introducing Microsoft Lync, the next OCS!

It’s a pretty big day for the Office Communications team here at Microsoft. I’m excited to share that we’ve met a major milestone and are making the release candidate of our ‘wave 14’ communications products available for anyone to download.  In addition, there has been much speculation on what the new name for the release…

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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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Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Private Beta

I am happy to tell you that we opened a private beta of our new version of Office Communications Server 2007, to 2,500 companies. What’s special about this version is that it has a lot of the VoIP capabilities built in. The coolest thing I have experienced as an early tester is the freedom to…

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Configuring LCS 2005 w/ SP1 for Multiple Domains

Overview Automatic configuration allows Communicator to find and connect to the appropriate LCS server without manually entering a server name into its settings. Communicator has special requirements for DNS and certificates to make this work properly.  This bulletin details those requirements.  Manual configuration or using GPOs does not apply to this topic.   Why all…

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Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing

When we first announced Lync Server 2010 last November, we talked about our commitment to supporting multiple platforms and how over the course of 2011 you would see Lync become available for other platforms. Today, I’m excited to share with you today that Lync for Mac 2011 has been Released to Manufacturing, commonly referred to…

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Everybody’s Talking about Communications Server “14”

It’s great to see the high interest with which partners, customers, and even competitors are anticipating the launch of Communications Server “14.”  Thousands of people in our early Technology Adopter Program, or TAP, already rely on “14” to provide their phone, conferencing, messaging, and other communications, many of them since February. This number will increase…

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Office Communications Server 2007 & Office Communicator 2007 Interoperability Specifications

Today, Jeff Raikes, the president of Microsoft’s Business Division, (my boss’s boss) did a keynote at VoiceCon and announced that we’re making the interoperability specifications for Office Communicator 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS) available to our partners.  I’ve been writing that specification over the last few months, so I wanted to blog about…

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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…


Multiple Points of Presence (MPOP)

    For my first blog – I decided to write about Multiple Points of Presence (MPOP) and the underlying technology that supports it.   Lets examine some terminology that will be useful to us to understand MPOP. The user that publishes presence information is a presentity, whereas the users that consume this presence information…

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