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  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Office Communications Server “14” now has a name…

    Today Microsoft announced the name of it’s upcoming next version of OCS (Office Communications Server). It’s Lync . “Big deal. What’s in a name?” Good point. I guess the bigger news announced today would be that you can now download a Release Candidate of Lync, too...
  • Blog Post: Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

    Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC . Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria . The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products. The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and...
  • Blog Post: IT Managers – This hub’s for YOU!

    Breaking News: The IT Manager Community Hub is LIVE! Spread the word! For several months now, I’ve been working with people in the Microsoft BMO on this project, which started because of a recognition that IT Managers – people who lead IT people and run IT organizations – haven’t been served as well...
  • Blog Post: NEW Bigger Discount on TechNet Plus Subscriptions!

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event , I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber . Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: A Conversation About An OCS Deployment

    Jacob Thornberry of Brooks Stevens took a few minutes out of his busy day as their lone IT Pro to talk to me about his recent rollout of Office Communications Server 2007 . I thought this conversation would benefit anyone who is considering rolling out OCS, and so with Jacob's permission, we recorded...