Today I participated in an event with CDW on Unified Communications in Portland, OR. I have compiled a list of resources for the attendees that I hope will prove valuable in learning more about and evaluating Microsoft Unified Communications products and strategies. If there is a particular piece of information you are looking for, please let me know!

Exchange 2010 Server Unified Messaging Landing Page – Exchange is an integral part of our Unified Communications platform. Exchange provides email and voicemail integration as well as other key features to add value and simplify your messaging needs.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 – OCS is the “cornerstones of Microsoft’s UC solution, is the platform for presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and enterprise voice for businesses around the world”

Technet Virtual Labs for OCS 2007 R2 – Get your hands on OCS and test out installation, implementation and run time scenarios without haveing to spend valuable time building your own test environment. Use out

The Compelling Case for Conferencing White Paper – This white paper details Microsoft Conferencing solutions and the ROI that can be realized. (Written by Wainhouse Research and UniComm Consulting)

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Achieving Cost and Resource Savings with Unified Communications – A white paper put together by UniComm Consulting on Implementing UC and the savings that can be realized.

Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program – Want to know if your existing or future PBX/IP-PBX implementation will work with Microsoft UC?  Check this page out. Also a good resources for developers who are interested in developing UC solutions.

Unified Communications Webcasts and Podcasts – Microsoft has produced a large number of webcasts and podcasts related to Unified Communications. Most of these are available for download and offline viewing at your convenience.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 on Technet – Technet has a wealth of information for IT Pros that are looking at implementing UC solutions.

OCS and UC Case Studies – a number of companies have provided case studies on their implementation of Microsoft UC Solutions.

UC Hardware Information – This page lists qualified vendors and hardware for Microsoft Office Communicator.

Office Communicator 2007 R2 Resource Kit – Interested in extending functionality and developing solutions for OCS?  Start here!

Microsoft OCS Team Blog – This is where you can talk to the people that are working on OCS.

Microsoft Unified Communications team Blog – This is where you can find new information and interface with the people involved in Microsoft’s UC strategy.

 

Cheers!