Jeff Raikes Pre-Announces OCS 2007 Public Beta at VoiceCon (March 7, 2007)

In the keynote address at VoiceCon Spring 2007, Jeff Raikes (our President of the Microsoft Business Division) announced the imminent release of Office Communications Server 2007 public beta and outlined Microsoft's move to unify communications through software while eliminating VoIP barriers with enhanced VoIP solutions.

What does that mean?  Well, Jeff has some cool quotes and statistics that really frame the opportunity for the future... I like these three:

"Microsoft announced that for the first time it is making the interoperability specifications for Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 available to partners, enabling them to deliver a unified experience with Session Initiation Protocol interoperability between their PBX and Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. As a result, customers can avoid the costs of ripping and replacing their existing telephony system. They can also gain productivity benefits from less complexity and better management of their telephony systems", Raikes said.

“We’re embarking on a software transformation similar to what we saw from the mainframe to the PC,” Raikes said. “With a shift of this magnitude, there will be tremendous opportunities for our industry partners worldwide.”

“Software is set to transform business phone systems as profoundly as it has transformed virtually every other form of workplace communication,” Raikes said. “Over time, the software-based VoIP technology built into Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator will offer so much value and cost savings that it will make the standard telephone look like that old typewriter that’s gathering dust in the stockroom.”

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