All about Unified Communications

  • 'Battle of the clients', multi model communication and birthday wishes

    Chris Rothwell (Office Client PM) and I are forever arguing about which is better (in a joking way of course) ..... Outlook Web Access or Outlook client.  I of course preach the merits of OWA while he waxes lyrical' (is that right?) about the offline...
  • Ten Top Tips to using Office Communicator

    Recently my team asked me to put together ten top tips for LiveMeeting and Communicator.  My LiveMeeting tips are in the previous post so here are ten quick tips on how to make the most out of Communicator. Butting in – Getting someone's attention...
  • Do you need Comm-etiquette lessons?

    Its safe to say, most people know how to act when meeting and speaking with people. Most of us have learnt this etiquette from our parents and in some cases might have even learn this sort of stuff at school. The next step after etiquette I suppose...
  • Tweet and Post on the move!

    For the 6 months or so, I have been training to run the New York Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Research and tomorrow I fly out to NYC. My friends have raised over £1650 and I wanted to use some technology in order to involve them in the race as much...
  • Unified Communications Devices .... coming to PC near you!

    A while ago at Voicecon we announced not only the public beta availability of Office Communications Server 2007 but also some key steps in how we are going to make a major change in how people use telecoms in the future. One important step is the introduction...
  • "What's the difference between Windows and Office"?

    No,  this isn't the start of a joke! Believe it or not,  many people around the world that use PCs don't know the different between Windows and Office,  my mum included, and one of the things the IW (Information Worker) team I am in has...
  • Microsoft Vision 2019

    Once every so often,  Microsoft has a think about what the company will be doing in the future rather than having to focus on the revenue targets and metrics for the next 12 months.  It’s during these times in particular that I remember why...
  • Top tips to run a LiveMeeting

    Update to 10 Top Tips :-) In order to save on travelling expenses I am trying to encourage people internally to use LiveMeeting more and more.  I thought I would note down my Top Tips from my experience of helping people to start running their meetings...
  • QoS vs QoE

    I have been meaning to write my thoughts about this for quite some time as its one of those conversations I have with both partners and customers on a regular basis. After having a really interesting conversation with Simon Horrocks at Psytechnics and...
  • Turn your Windows Mobile into a removable hard disk ... as seen below

    OK, so maybe this photo isn't quite the experience you would get but I feel its a good start, it does have wheels on the bottom after all. Jason Langridge blogged a few weeks ago about a neat little freeware program that makes the memory card inside...
  • RichCopy – Is it the new sliced bread?

    I would like to announce the best thing since sliced bread …. RichCopy ! This tool has been available internally at Microsoft for as long as I can remember and over the years I have used it to copy virtual PCs and installations files over from Redmond...
  • Outbound fax for Exchange 2007

      I get asked quite a lot what the options for outbound fax for Exchange 2007 are and up until now I have had to say 'its available from third party vendors'. I am pleased to say that I recently discovered one vendor that we have been working with...
  • 28 days later

    Almost a month ago (28 days to be precise), I put together a post as I was moving my telephone number over to Office Communications Server 2007, I thought it might be a good idea to share with you how things have gone. During the last 28 days, I have...
  • Official 'Optimised for Microsoft Office Communicator' device list

    Back in May 2007,  I did a blog post about all the new devices that were coming out.  That blog post has served me quite well as I have referred to it a number of times when people have asked me what devices are available. Well I am glad to...
  • 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...
  • "Presentations in the Sky(drive) with diamonds"

    A number of people have asked me where they can download a copy of the presentations from the Exchange Unplugged Tour 2007 that happened at the end of last year.  Now that I am 'back online',  I think this would be a great opportunity to use...
  • 30 days of Twitter

    It’s been about a month since my blog post on ‘To Tweet or Not to Tweet’ . I have done over 100+ ’tweets’ and have a modest following (as well as following approx 50 people) and the question I asked myself this weekend was “Has it been worth it and is...
  • 'The Day the Internet Died' AKA 'QoS is optional' AKA 'A proud day for Deakin'

    As I have already mention on my blog,  we are in the middle of a '3 nights only' tour for PS Exchange Unplugged which so far has taken us to Cambridge and Manchester.  After the 'smoking shuttle' incident on the last Exchange Unplugged Tour...
  • Got your number!?

    This week, I unplugged the telephone on my desk and put it on the other pile of stuff on my desk that I think I should keep but will probably never go back to. The reason for this unusual move is that my number has been moved over to OCS 2007. When you...
  • Microsoft Store and NSPCC – Your way to spend Microsoft’s money

    Microsoft in the UK have been a supporter of the NSPCC for a number of years now and this Christmas we have a special promotion going on that will raise even more money for the NSPCC If you are planning to purchase a copy of Office 2007 or Windows Vista...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Exchange 2007 on the 'price list'

    Microsoft UK has now entered its 'season of launch' and this started yesterday with the press launch of Exchange 2007, Windows Vista and Office 2007. More importantly for Exchange people, Exchange 2007 is now on the price list so its only a while until...
  • "Stick that in your ADSL pipe and phone it"

    Being the UC product manager I am lucky enough to be firnished with a few more devices than others in MS, this means I can sometimes take some of them home where normally they would be expected to stay in the office. One such device is the Tanjay which...
  • Oblong g-speak

    Err….. wow ….. you have to see this http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/14/oblongs-g-speak-the-minority-report-os-brought-to-life/