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…


What’s new in OCS 14?

  I have been wanting to write this post for sometime.  Internally we have been playing around with the features of Office Communications Server 14 for sometime, and I haven’t been able to show you the new features. Well now I can.  In the last week the OCS team released 5 new videos on showing…


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…


Microsoft Exchange Online for Large companies

I was reading this interesting article today on 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…


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…


Florida IT Server Group in Ft Lauderdale Meets – Adnan Cartwright Leader

  The Florida IT Server User Group in Ft Lauderdale covered Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 including setup, install and configuration.  The members had their laptops and it was a hands-on experience for all.  Make sure and check out the next Florida IT User Group announcements at:  This community group is growing and we would…


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….