What’s the difference between Unified Messaging and Unified Communications?

In my previous post, I spent some time outlining the features of Exchange Unified Messaging (UM). From time to time, I’m asked to explain how UM relates to Microsoft’s Unified Communications (UC) strategy and products. In this post, I’ll try to give a personal view on the relationship between UM and UC. UM is a part of…

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Unified Communications, Unified Messaging and Good Old Voice Mail

This is my first posting as a “Unified Communications Expert”, so it seems like a good moment to explain what I mean when I use terms such as UC and UM. Some people whom I’ve talked with at TechEd and other events were rather hazy about the differences between UC and UM, so there seems to be a…

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Exchange 2010: Saving Money, Delighting Users, Protecting Communications

Today, at Tech·Ed in Berlin we announced that Exchange 2010 is available. This version of Exchange is like no other for many reasons.  One reason is that we built it as a service from the beginning, and over two years ago it became the e-mail service for universities around the world via our Live@Edu offering. In…

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Maximizing Efficiencies with Unified Communications

We are right in the middle of the New Efficiency Launch featuring Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Exchange Server 2010.  I have been delivering the Exchange Server 2010 Track and thought it would be a good idea to recap a few key items with Exchange (and OCS) that can help an organization be…

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OCS and Virtualization

I thought a good topic to discuss would be that of OCS and virtualization, as virtualization is obvioulsy a hot topic that can save real dollars for people and there is some general confusion as to whether or not OCS supports virtualization or not (most people think it doesn’t)..  As a quick background, the OCS…

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Introduction Post from Harold Wong

Hello everyone!!! My name is Harold Wong and I am an IT Pro Evangelist out of Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m sure some of you are asking “What in the world does an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft do???”  If you asked that question, you are definitely not the first one to do so.  I will do…

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Introduction from Shaun Pierce

Hello all – I wanted to introduce myself to the community as a contributor for the BIEB (Because Its Everyone’s Business) blog.   My name is Shaun Pierce and I am the General Manager of the Office Communications Server product development team.  I have been at Microsoft for almost 15 years and started working in the…

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Welcome from Kevin Remde: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here

Greetings!By way of introduction, here is. an introduction. My name is Kevin Remde, and consider myself the luckiest geek on planet earth. “Really? Why?”I’m glad you asked. Like many of you, I have always been the family “computer guy” (if you don’t count that brief period in my life when I studied to be a…

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