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  • Blog Post: Invasion of the Robots!

    Last night I received an email from my friend over in Redmond, Todd Biggs, who tells me that they are running a MSN Bot competition . I have talked about bots in the past and regularly discuss the idea with partners and customers when I meet with them. This competition is going to be a great opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Exchange12 Community Technology Preview available!

    Today we announced the availability of the first, and possibly only, Exchange 12 Community Technology Preview (CTP) build. This build is available to Technet and MSDN subscribers only which equates to around 200k+ users. This version will run on a 32bit operating system and hardware so feel free to...
  • Blog Post: Digital Rum

    At the end of last month I had the pleasure of talking with these guys and I must say that they really do have some great solutions and are doing some brilliant work with Live Communication Server. First of all is ‘Corporate Mobile Messenger’ which allows employees without a Windows Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Exchange RTMs ... now its the beta for OCS 2007

    Working at Microsoft, I rarely find myself running a machine with RTM software on it, but with the RTM of Exchange 2007, Windows Vista and Office 2007, I have found myself running fully released code. I am glad to say I have now managed to fix this 'problem' and got myself onto the Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 and Response Point

    Last month Microsoft Research announced a product called Response Point and I quickly noted down some of my initial thoughts and linked to more information here . Since then a number of people, mainly channel partners, have asked me how this fits into our Unified Communications strategy. The simple answer...
  • Blog Post: PTS-TV - Coming to a PC near you !

    This week we launched PTS-TV to the masses. The pilot episode features the lovely Katie Ledger and the not so lovely me .... lets hope they dont decide to 'axe the show' based on my ratings alone. When you have a spare few minutes take a look and be sure to watch the out-takes towards the end. If...
  • Blog Post: Blackberry 'Instant Messaging' for Windows

    For those of you who have Live Communication Server installed but have not made switch to using Windows Mobile (and why not?) then take a look at the Blackberry website where you can now get hold of a Blackberry client for Live Communication Server. No matter where, when and what device you are on...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications Product Group start their own blog

    One of the great things that has occurred in the last year or so is that the product groups over in Redmond have started blogging. Not only has this given the product group a public face but it has also meant that the product team can get feedback from the user community directly, this in my eyes can...
  • Blog Post: The Devils Does Unified Communications - Part 2

    "A Tale of two meeting rooms" Hot of the heels of the first video, I am pleased to say we have another that concentrates more on Office Roundtable. Roundtable is a cracking device which enables people to video conference from a room of their choice rather than forcing people to go to a specific...
  • Blog Post: More announcements on Exchange Messaging Security

    Yesterday we launched a new line of e-mail security products based on the Sybari products we acquired a while back. Available via volume licensing on July 1 st and as a 90 day free trial from the Microsoft website, you will be able to buy a ‘three pack’ dubbed ‘Antigen Messaging Security Suite’ which...
  • Blog Post: Skype is bad MMM-Kay

    Well ... not 'bad' ... just a little sneeky :-) Recently I had a conversation with Allister Frost (the artist formally known as Exchange PM) about the technology behind the Skype platform that most people don’t tend to know about, it resulted in posting on his blog here ... well worth a read. The...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications Announcements

    As you will be reading over the next few days, we have made a number of announcements in the last few hours around our Unified Communications vision and where we will be going over the next few years. A recording will be available here for the next two weeks. Our 'Unified Communications' platform...
  • Blog Post: Cisco 'Unified Communications' announcement

    Cisco today announced 'integration' between Live Communication Server and their Cisco Call Manager. More information here http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/14028250.htm Although this looks like Cisco is enabling you to use with Call Manager with LCS you might want to take a deeper look...
  • Blog Post: The end of the phone ? - Part 2

    I raised this question in a post a while back and after receiving a big box from Redmond today I thought now might be a good time to ask the question again :-) For those of you who have me on your IM list and had read my 'note', you would have noticed that from the 1st of Jan I stopped using my desk...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Unified

    Since the announcement at the end of June, a lot of people has asked me what exactly is Unified Communications and more importantly, where can I find more. For most people, I have sat them down and explained the idea to them including taking about the current silos of communication we have today e...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 Beta now live!

    Finally the wait is over, we have now made public the betas for :- Office Communications Server 2007 beta and Office Communicator 2007 beta Office Communications Server 2007 Speech Server beta Documentation for Office Communications Server 2007 beta Go forth and download !
  • Blog Post: Review of Office Communications Server 2007 on ZDNet - OCS in a 'nutshell'

    One of the parts of my job I really enjoy doing is speaking to customer, partners and journolists about our Unified Communications and how its going to change the way in which people will communicate with each other in the future. The problem I am presented with however is how to explain the range of...
  • Blog Post: The end of the phone?

    Is it really possible to live without a phone on your desk? Is that a little too far fetched? Well lets find out ! People ask me if such a thing is ever going to happen and for now I think its kind of hard to tell. As with a lot of stuff in Unified Communications, its not only about having the technology...
  • Blog Post: Whats so different about Microsoft Unified Communications?

    First of all, let me just say sorry for not posting anything recently. I have been a little busy settling into my new role which has meant the blog has had to take a back burner, hopefully this blog will get me back into the swing of things. Over the last month, I have had a few revelations around...
  • Blog Post: Are you a Tech-No?

    Today I spent ten minutes reading an article on 'tech-no's', found here , and thought I would share it with you. Its actually a really interesting article and I wanted to bring it to your attention. Although technology can help you communicate faster, quicker and more efficiently, if you don't want to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Response Point

    One of the problems with most telephony systems is that small business don't want to spend their time configuring and repatching phones when someone moves from desk to desk. They have enough to worry about without having to become PBX technicians as well. To that end, a small team in Redmond has been...
  • Blog Post: Partner Exchange-Vista-Office (EVO) site goes live!

    One of the things I get asked from time to time is can a partner go if they want to find out more information on EVO ... especially the E part i.e. Exchange 2007. Up until now, the answer has been www.microsoft.com/exchange/ which although has lot of information on Exchange 2007, it isn’t targeted...
  • Blog Post: RTC Wave 12 Private Beta

    Recently we had a number of announcements around our roadmap for Unified Communications, Redmond is now looking for nominations for the 'RTC Wave 12 Private Beta'. If you are interested then email me and I will let you know more :-)
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile Launched !!!!

    The long wait is finally over for Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile! Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is now available for download here where you can get a version for Pocket PC (2003 and Windows Mobile 5) and Smartphone (2003 and Windows Mobile 5) and is free to download. I have been using...
  • Blog Post: MSN Messenger goes 'retro'

    Although for quite some time you have been able to make pc-to-pc calls on MSN Messenger and pc-to-phone calls, the big problem with this is that is restricts you to using a clunky headset and microphone and near the PC at the time you want to make the calls. You will be glad to hear (pun intended...