Lync Earns Recognition

Analysts play a key role in the tech industry. They look at how products are actually being used in the real world and advise their IT clients. Perhaps one of the most respected firms in the enterprise IT market is Gartner, with a dedicated team of analysts who closely watch the UC market. Every year,…


We’re looking forward to seeing all our partners at WPC!

Microsoft will host the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) next week (July 10-14), and we are eager to connect with our Exchange and Lync partners in Los Angeles, California. WPC is the marquee event of the year to engage with our worldwide partners to reflect on the year’s performance, celebrate successes and discuss future opportunities….


Earth Day: Lync can make a difference

Microsoft News Center posted a piece yesterday featuring research from The World Wildlife Fund that calls out the benefit that increased telecommuting and virtual meetings could have on the environment. With today being Earth Day, I wanted to take a few minutes to write about the various options that companies and workers are using to…


Consulting Firm AT Kearney Saves Costs with Microsoft Communications Server “14”

This month we’re highlighting a video case study about AT Kearney who implemented a unified communications solution using Microsoft Communications Server “14” and other Microsoft technologies to improve the communication and collaboration among their employees. In addition to achieving significant cost savings, the flexible solution also had a positive impact on the work-life balance of their mobile consultants.  AT Kearney…


TechEd 2010: Microsoft Communications Server ‘14’ takes the stage

Fun stuff! Gurdeep’s demo inside Bob Muglia’s keynote went well today, as did his breakout session later in the day. That includes some funny joking between Jamie with the whiteboard giving directions to Gurdeep on where he needed to be later in the day for his other sessions. And the High definition video was stunning…


Cisco: Just Like Any Other Office Communications Server ISV?

I’m always excited to hear about third party applications written to the Office Communications Server developer interfaces, and Cisco’s UC Integration™ for Microsoft Office Communicator (CUCIMOC) is no different:  each and every application testifies to the momentum of our unified communications products with end customers and to the openness and flexibility of our platform.   Our…


Educational Institutions Make Smart Decisions with Unified Communications

Each month, we look at different organizations across various industries to see how unified communications is transforming their businesses. This month we highlight academic institutions, from school districts to colleges and universities, and how these educational establishments are using Microsoft’s UC software to change the ways they communicate and collaborate.   The University of Kentucky…


R2 Arrives

Just over a year since OCS 2007 launched, R2 made its debut today.  Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hosted the launch event before a studio audience and thousands of Web participants from around the world.  Several customers joined the launch to share their experiences with UC and using OCS to cut costs and…


IBM’s Email Strategy Takes Another Sharp Turn

Last week, in more pre-Lotusphere PR, IBM announced their intent to acquire Outblaze’s email technology and make it part of Bluehouse, IBM’s cloud-based social computing and collaboration offering, which is now in beta.  This is a fascinating acquisition.  Why acquire Outblaze when Lotus Notes is the #2 business email solution in the market?  What will…



Last Wednesday, IBM kicked off their pre-Lotusphere PR barrage by claiming momentum for Lotus Notes.  Throwing out a half-dozen stats, IBM seemingly mounted an unassailable argument for the resurgence of the once-thought-dead Notes, except for one thing – most of it was false.   Case in point, early versions of the IBM release quote Gartner…