Productivity in the Cloud

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Productivity in the Cloud

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 - my favourite bits

    I've been playing with Windows Mobile 6.1 for the last few days, so thought I'd share some of my favourite features. Today screen - minus Exchange E-mail/calendar (see below) About Exchange Auto-discover Now there's no need to know your CAS server URL...
  • OCS goes gold!

    This is huge - in case you haven't heard the news yet - Office Communications Server 2007 has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM)!!!! I have been using Communicator 2007 as my primary phone for several months now, along with Exchange 2007 for voicemail...
  • The Rugby World Cup and Outlook

    If you're a rugby nut like me then it's probably very important that you have the times of all of the World Cup games in your calendar. Well here is an Outlook public holidays file that will pre-populate these for you :) UPDATE: the originally linked...
  • New headset for OCS/mobility

    Office Communications Server and Communicator 2007 have audio codecs that provide the best possible audio/video quality over any network - but it goes without saying that audio codecs are only as useful as the quality of the sound you put into the packet...
  • OCS 2007 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Supportability is available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 member server role on a Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.  Details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982021
  • PIFEM - a closer look

    I recently posted on a new email management system called Pay It Forward Email Management (PIFEM). The response has been amazing, however some of you have asked for screenshots of how I use this system day-to-day. Well here are some screenshots of...
  • BlackBerry Client for OCS 2007

    Research In Motion (RIM) have had a BlackBerry LCS client for some time, but in case you hadn't heard they have now released a client for OCS 2007. BlackBerry® Client for use with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 allows you to engage...
  • I bow to Dave's geekhood

    Recently I posted on fellow uber-geek Anthony Vitnell and his OCS setup at home. In that post my mate from Nortel, Dave Lloyd, left a comment describing his home setup which sounded very impressive. Well I just got some photos of Dave's setup and...
  • Media Center + Zune + Xbox 360 + Slingbox = :D

    Ok so this post isn't really related to UC at all, but what the hey ... Over the Christmas/New Year period I finally got around to playing with my media setup at home (yep, I'm a geek alright). I now have the following hooked up and working nicely...
  • RoundTable photos

    At the Microsoft Australia company meeting earlier this week I demonstrated the RoundTable camera to the local team. Some photos were taken, including a beautiful shot of Kleefy and half-a-me. Read the post at http://blogs.technet.com/itproaustralia/archive...
  • Email overload? PIFEM!

    Do you get more email each day than you can handle? Are you up until midnight doing email? Do you miss important emails? I receive literally hundreds of emails every day, most of which need some sort of action, and not being able to process them effectively...
  • Hyper-V is here.. what about Exchange?

    In case you haven't heard the news, we have released Hyper-V into the wild. In fact did you know that 25% of microsoft.com is already running on Hyper-V VMs? So what about Exchange Server? As we recently announced at Tech.Ed USA, Microsoft will...
  • Advantages of DAS over SAN storage in Exchange 2007

    You may have heard me talk about this at TechEd, and some of my customers will recall long discussions with me about the merits of using Direct Attached Storage rather than SANs in Exchange 2007. Storage Area Networks (SAN) have become increasingly...
  • Creating OCS Access Edge DNS SRV records in BIND

    The OCS deployment guides have step-by-step instructions on creating the necessary DNS SRV records in Windows DNS Server , but what if you're using BIND as your external Internet-facing DNS server? First you'll need an A record for the external IP...
  • Communicator inside Outlook

    Outlook automatically includes presence indicators for all email recipients/senders/etc. But if you spend most of your day inside Outlook, this utility allows you to access the rest of your Communicator functionality without switching applications. Available...
  • OCS 2007 Video-conferencing Interoperability White Paper

    Office Communications Server 2007 is the first Microsoft product to combine enterprise-ready IM, presence, video-conferencing, web-conferencing, and VoIP telephony in one solution. In addition, OCS 2007 includes real-time videoconferencing solutions running...
  • Unified Communications How-To

    The Microsoft Unified Communications “How-To” training tool is a Silverlight 2 application that provides step-by-step instructions for common UC tasks. You can customize the How-To application to your company’s needs based on the UC features you’ve installed...
  • Useful tools for working with OCS

    This week I've been asked a lot about what tools I use for designing and managing OCS platforms. Here are some recommendations: OCS Resource Kit tools - this is definitely the best collection of utilities available. My personal favourites from the Resource...
  • Office Communicator Mobile 2007 for WM5/6 - now available!

    Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a Unified Communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices. Here are some screenshots...
  • Vista + Media Center = Love Heart

    My after-hours pet project over the last week has been assembling a new Vista Media Center PC. I decided against buying a pre-built machine and instead bought the components to assemble myself. Antec Fusion case - absolutely awesome. Excellent...
  • Brothers in Uber-Geekhood

    I just got an email from Anthony Vitnell from HP who is one of Australia's leading UC consultants, and who is also a geek. " Without fear of being labeled a geek, I have decided to embrace Unified Communications as much as possible. For 2 years I have...
  • I've been tagged

    I’ve watched this tagging meme doing the rounds - slowly circling me, coming closer.. closer. Now, thanks to Angus , it’s my turn to stroke my own ego in public. So, here are 5 things about me that you probably didn’t know. 1. I played rugby...
  • The Devil Wears Prada... and does Unified Comms!!

    Video: The Devil wears prada .. and does Unified Comms!
  • Want a job in UC at Microsoft?

    Are you passionate about communications? Keen to be part of the future of UC, VOIP and convergence? An expert in LCS and LiveMeeting? Want to work for Microsoft? Well - read on! We are currently looking for a RTC Technology Specialist to join our Unified...
  • Ready Summit presentation

    The Ready Summit tour wrapped up last week with our final event in Canberra (thankfully I didn't fall asleep during the UC session - find out why at the end of this post). Thousands of people attended and learnt about our latest technologies, and overall...