Lync 2010 worth the effort

  Today I was reading an article by J. Peter Bruzzese at Infoworld.  The title of his article: Microsoft Lync 2010:Finally, a commnications server worth the effort.  Here is a link to the article http://infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-lync-2010-finally-communications-server-worth-the-effort-515 In this Peter talks about his first IM experience with Exchange 2000. And how it was pulled out in Exchange…

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Microsoft Exchange Online for Large companies

I was reading this interesting article today on CIO.com about Dow Chemical and their move from Exchange 2003 to Exchange Online or BPOS (Business Productivity On-Line Suite).  The perception has been that Exchange Online is just for small and medium sized companies.  This article explains the considerations that Dow made before making the decision to convert…

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Unified Communications going beyond the trial

I was reading this article today on WindowsITPro site by B.K. Winstead.  He talks about people that claim to be doing Unified Communications are most just piloting it, and most of the deployments are only using a very small percentage of the features of Unifed Communications(UC).   His organization is using the Voice Mail part of…

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Unified Communications: Is it real and is it for me?

About a month or so ago, I saw the following post on Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/unified_communications/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225700490.  I found the article to be enlightening and thought I would post my thoughts regarding some of the items brought out by the article. First, I find that companies really have to understand what their Unified Communications (UC) goals are…

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Exchange Server Earning Leadership Everyday

Over the past year, with a myriad of vendors jumping into the business email market, I have been asked by press and customers how Exchange grew to its current leadership position and how we have continued to earn this position over time.  The history of Exchange is an interesting journey with ups and downs, but…

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Microsoft and HP Agree to invest $250 Million to Simplify Technology Environments

Last Tuesday, January 13, 2010, Microsoft and HP announced an agreement to invest $250 Million over the next three years to significantly simplify technology environments.  This is not something that is just targeted at the large enterprises but meant to benefit businesses of all sizes!  Here’s the announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-13inftoapppr.mspx. I’m sure some of you are…

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Neeti Gupta And Her Role At Microsoft

My name is Neeti Gupta and I am a Senior Product Manager, Unified Communications (Exchange and Office Communications Server) Audience Marketing at Microsoft. I am very excited to participate in the BIEB blog and write about Microsoft communications products that I use every day at work and at home. Let me tell you a little…

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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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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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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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