The following information has appeared on Presspass about the Unified Communications road map which is being unveiled later today. I’ve edited the press-release down to the key things as follows, please read the full Presspass article rather than relying on this.

  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, [For] presence-based VoIP call management; audio-, video- and web-conferencing; and instant messaging communication
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 unified messaging [for a] unified inbox experience that includes e-mail, voice mail and faxing functionality, as well as new capabilities such as speech-based auto attendant allowing users to access their communications from any phone.
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, [client with] one-to-one and multiparty video- and audioconferencing; and webconferencing.
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Improvements to Office Live Meeting include support for e-learning, enhanced audio and video capabilities including VoIP, a streamlined user interface, seamless integration with the Microsoft Office system and simpler deployment.
  • Microsoft Office RoundTable™, an audio-video collaboration device with a unique 360-degree camera... ...Meeting participants on site and in remote locations gain a panoramic view of everyone in the conference room as well as close-up views of individual participants as they take turns speaking.
  • Microsoft Office Communicator phone experience, Communicator-based software designed to run an innovative set of new voice and video devices — including business-enabled IP desktop phones — from Polycom Inc., LG-Nortel Co. Ltd. and Thomson Telecom. This is a new ecosystem designed to run on dedicated communications devices in tandem with Office Communications Server 2007 to extend and enhance the Microsoft unified communications experience.
  • PC peripheral devices, such as USB handsets, wireless USB headsets, USB webcams and PC monitors with built-in audio and video components. Devices from industry partners GN Netcom Inc., Logitech, Motorola, Plantronics Inc., Samsung and Tatung Co. will work with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

Availability

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is scheduled to be released in late 2006 or early 2007. Microsoft Speech Server 2007 will be available in late 2006. Communications Server 2007, Communicator 2007, Communicator phone experience, Live Meeting, RoundTable and the IP-enabled business desktop phones... ...are scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2007.

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