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 In this Peter talks about his first IM experience with Exchange 2000. And how it was pulled out in Exchange…


Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing announced

We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server. You can find all the details at Pricing and Licensing Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL) model. Under this model, a Lync Server 2010 license is required for each operating system environment running Lync…


Microsoft and Polycom teams up for Unified Communications

On August 9, 2010, Stuart Johnston wrote a nice article for Enterprise Networking Planet about the multi-year deal between Microsoft and Polycom. There are quite a few customers who have been using Polycom technologies and solutions for many years for video and teleconferencing needs.  I have had many customers who asked about integrating those existing…


Unified Communications and the Cloud

  When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting.  Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how much now or 5 years from now…


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…


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

About a month or so ago, I saw the following post on Information Week:  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…


Part 5 of 5 – Check out With Blain Barton

Sorry for the very long delay, finally, the last part (Part 5 of 5) was to provide knowledge on the website and how it can help you get started with Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Unified Communications, please check out: is a group of  Microsoft Office Communications Server  developers working together through a web-community…


VoiceCon This Year

My colleague BJ Haberkorn wrote a really nice blog post about looking forward to VoiceCon Orlando 2010. I wanted to share it with you all since it captures all the things that has kept our team busy from keynotes – event – case studies – virtual launches – strategic initiatives – and all the news and reviews….


Part 2 of 5 – Keith Kabza, MVP, and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010

Part-2 – is posted below! The rest of the series is being delivered every week for 5 weeks! Part 1 – Learn about Exchange 2010/OCS Integration features – Part 2 – Learn about Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging features Part 3 – Learn about OCS 2007 R2 Dial-in Conferencing Part 4 – Learn about…