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  • Blog Post: Sydney UC community to launch at Tech.Ed 2008

    At Tech.Ed next week we're launching a new community for Unified Comms in Sydney - Sydney UC ! If you work in, are passionate about, or just enjoy Exchange, OCS, VoIP, video, or comms in general - this is the place for you to network with your peers, learn from the experts, see the technologies and...
  • Blog Post: 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, and I'm personally excited that the product is...
  • Blog Post: Interact 2008

    Join Microsoft at INTERACT2008—an exclusive event for key community influencers in the unified communications space. This event provides a unique opportunity for you to develop deep technical knowledge on Microsoft's unified communications products, build powerful new connections with leading professionals...
  • Blog Post: 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 on servers in your intranet or interoperating...
  • Blog Post: OCS VoIP in a disaster zone

    Massive storms in Brisbane recently left many people homeless, and in fact it was declared a disaster zone .         One of the people who had their home destroyed in this storm was my mate Bill Lockett from Dimension Data.  Our best wishes and thoughts are with him and...
  • Blog Post: Cisco UC v4/5/6 supported for Direct-SIP with OCS R2

    The UC Open Interoperability Program has been updated and Cisco Unified Communications Manager (aka Call Manager) versions 4, 5 & 6 are now supported for Direct-SIP connectivity with OCS R2. This means that back-end integration can be configured between Cisco UC and OCS without the need for a gateway...
  • Blog Post: Interact 2008 update

    Microsoft Corporate VP for the UC Group Gurdeep Singh Pall has posted more information over at the Communications Server blog about Interact 08 , a Unified Communications conference taking place in San Diego in early April. Register soon and there is a chance to pick up a free ticket to TechEd 2009...
  • Blog Post: The Office

    This is why mobile Unified Communications & collaboration can help your business have happier, more productive employees; and retain them longer. Doing my Mid-Year Career Discussion preparation this morning – in peace & quiet, and without the interruptions, conversations, and “let’s-get-a-coffee...
  • Blog Post: UC Certificate Partners for Exchange and OCS 2007

    Exchange 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 have strict requirements for external/public certificates - specifically the use of Subject Alternative Name (SAN) certificates, aka Unified Communications Certificates. We have a KB article (kb929395) which lists some of the providers of these UC certs...
  • Blog Post: Making sense of Office Communications Server and Response Point

    With the recent Response Point announcement, we’ve received some questions about the relationship between this offering, the upcoming Office Communications 2007 release, and Microsoft’s overall unified communications strategy. Both Office Communications Server 2007 and Response Point provide voice capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Cisco and Microsoft CEOs Share Vision for the Future of the Industry

    NEW YORK - Aug. 20, 2007 -- Participating in discussions today in New York, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will share their views on the future of technology and discuss their plans to strengthen their collaboration to meet customer demands for improved interoperability...
  • Blog Post: New UC hardware

    I recently acquired a Jabra GN9350 to be my primary OCS telephony headset, and all I can say is that this is an awesome piece of hardware! Crystal-clear audio, excellent range (I can walk around my whole apartment, or the whole floor at Microsoft!), and it fully integrates with Office Communicator...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007

    We recently announced the private beta of the next version of LCS, named Office Communications Server. From the press release... REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today opened a private beta of its new enterprise voice communications server, Microsoft® Office Communications Server...
  • Blog Post: Article: Email banter behind data explosion

    http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=65986 FTFA.... Companies are failing to identify the real culprit behind a lack of storage space and the huge volumes of data being hoarded, according to a new report.. ... But consulting firm Detica believes that the real culprits of corporate data...
  • Blog Post: UC: What, Why, Who, Where, How and When?

    I wrote a post for Australian IT’s “ The Hub ” that has just been published… Check it out for my opinions on UC from a business perspective – what do you need to consider before rolling out, how do you drive end-user adoption, what do you need to consider for the future.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unified Communications 2007 R2 Adoption and Training Kit

    The Microsoft Unified Communications 2007 R2 Adoption and Training Kit provides resources and guidance for IT Professionals, Helpdesk and Support Professionals, and Trainers to support end-users who use Microsoft Unified Communications Technologies. Content includes: IT Pro - Planning Checklist, Benefit...
  • Blog Post: Jabra Dial 520

    Jabra have recently announced a few new products for Office Communicator – the M5390 headset and the Dial 520 OC handset . I’ve managed to get my hands on the Dial 520 handset, and am happy to say that it is now my preferred device for softphone calling when in my “mobile office” (i.e. anywhere I’m working...
  • Blog Post: TE08NZ: UC interview

    I was interviewed yesterday at Tech.Ed New Zealand by Nic Romaniuk about my views on Unified Comms, and how it's changing the way people work. Check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/nz/teched08/office-unified-communications.aspx (click Johan Kruse (SIC) under Other Videos on the right). ...
  • Blog Post: Harold Melnick is blogging

    Harold Melnick, our local head of Unified Communications, has just started a blog . No doubt Harold will fill this with business and industry information that is relevant in the world of UC, so I recommend subscribing to his RSS feed if you're into that kind of thing. Welcome to the world of blogging...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Updates November: Unified Communications

    In case you didn't see it at TechNet Australia ..... To support the Unified Communications Launch events in Sydney and Melbourne (more details to follow about these events), TechNet will be running a series of Technical Readiness events across the country for IT Professionals wanting to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: VoiceCon update

    We have made some huge announcements at VoiceCon over the last few days... Microsoft and Aspect Form Global Strategic Alliance - Microsoft makes equity investment in Aspect to bring Microsoft’s unified communications and voice platform to contact centers worldwide - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 & Polycom @ Sydney UC

    & Just a reminder that the April Sydney UC meeting is on Monday evening (the 27th) at Polycom in North Sydney. Topics for this month are Exchange 2010 (technical overview & demo of the beta) and Polycom UC (including HD & Telepresence integration with OCS R2). Meeting & registration details...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 Interoperability Specifications

    We've released some really good information on how OCS 2007 interoperates with traditional PBXes and the PSTN. Background information at http://blogs.technet.com/uc/archive/2007/03/07/office-communications-server-2007-office-communicator-2007-interoperability-specifications.aspx And you can request...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Programming for Unified Communications

    Unified Communications is about much more than what you get out-of-the-box – it is a platform that you can use to build, extend and enhance your own applications & business processes. Looking at UC as a platform is about more than cost-savings, it's about competitive advantage. As a software &...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions

    This is huge… Microsoft and Nokia will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian...