All about Unified Communications

  • 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/
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Changing face(book) of communication

    As we move from one generation to the next,  there are new communication methods that become available and others that fall by the wayside,  could 'Facebook' be the next wave?.  If look at previous generations,  they all have different...
  • How do you know if OCS is right for you ... even as a PBX?

    It's a question I get asked quite a lot and answer I give comes from a pool of cultural or organisation characteristics I have experienced when talking to companies that have deployed OCS in anger (in a good way). I have been meaning to write it down...
  • A subtle example of Unified Communications

    When I talk to someone about Microsoft Unified Communications,  I sometimes find it hard to include everything I want to talk about ... I even start to forget about the smaller things that joining the telephone to the desktop has done for me, ...
  • GR8 IE8

    Today we launched in IE8 Beta 2 in English, German, Simplified Chinese and Japanese, and then follow with another 21 languages in mid-September.  You can download IE8 Beta 2 now at http://ww.microsoft.com/ie8 . Here are my 5 personal favourites:...
  • UC 'Devil Does UC' videos

    Just a quick post here.  I get asked quite a lot where people can download a copy of the 'Devil Does UC' videos can be downloaded from. Microsoft UC video for small screens Microsoft UC Video for big screens Microsoft Roundtable for Small Screens...
  • '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...
  • UC Product Manager gets his own PA

    As the product manager for UC in the UK I attend a lot of conference call which I need to follow up in some form.  Luckily for me,  I now have my own PA The guys and girls at POST CTI have a lot of telecoms experience and noticed that one of...
  • "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...
  • Deepzoom Demo Delights

    We had our end of year company meeting today followed by a BBQ during which I ate far too much.   However my eating habits is not the important thing I wanted to talk about,  it was actually two demos by Steve Clayton of DeepZoom (previously...
  • The Legend of Dan Wilson

    *To be spoken in a low, slow,  cinema trailer voice It was a tale of Freedom,  of love,  of sacrifice,  of a PBX that was about to be ripped and replaced.  Standing in the way was one man,  Dan Wilson,  on a mission...
  • Want to spend some of Microsoft's money for a change?

    Yes,  you read correctly ..... fancy the opportunity to spend some of Microsoft money? I realise this might have nothing to do with the world of Unified Communications but sometimes its worth just breaking with the 'norm' when there is a good reason...
  • Zero to BBQ in 15 minutes

    Ok,  so its not maybe your typical business decision that needs to be made quickly but it IS a prime example of how presence and instant messaging can be far more effective than the telephone or email in the right situation. Given the unusually nice...
  • The dangers of 'rip and replace'

    When you rip out the old telephone system and put in a new one,  there is normally some hardware that needs to be moved which could come in the form of cabling or perhaps telephone devices.  Picking a Unified Communications system that doesn...
  • '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...
  • Offline the new Online?

    The middle of last week I went away to New York with a few friends for a four days and as such my mailbox didn't get the attention it normally does.  I must admit that I did still sync me email in the morning while recovering (if you want a list...
  • Exchange Unplugged Tour - Back for three 'nights' only !

    Just after the the OCS launch,  the UC team in the UK embarked on the Exchange Unplugged Tour 2007 that saw us travel to 9 venues during 3 weeks on the road seeing nearly 1000 attendees. Well,  similar to any good rock and roll tour,  we...
  • CUL8R@UC08

    Back at the tail end of last year,  Microsoft in the UK did two product launches for OCS,  one in Vinopolis and one at the IP07 show in Earls Court. We have attended IP07 for two years now (it was called IP06 before just in case that isn't obvious...
  • Thinking Digital

    Last year I went to an event in Newcastle at The Sage that was run by the guys at CodeWorks where Rob Gray,  Chris Rothwell and I talked about how Microsoft use and enable Collaboration and Communication.  A great time was had by all (well the...
  • MY MY UC ON CSY:NY

    A few people have already posted about this so I thought I would quickly make one myself. Two Microsoft Roundtables (oddly enough they were in the same room) starred in a recent episode of CSI:NY,  I wonder if this means they get a start on the hall...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft

    Over the last six and a bit years,  I have seen lots of spoof videos made by various people within Microsoft but almost all of them have not seen the light of day. At CES 2008 this year,  they played 'Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft' which...