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  • Blog Post: The Future of the Voice Conference

    I've attended just about all of the major voice related conferences in our industry to date but of late it seems like the buzz that drew so many to VoIP and SIP in the "early" days is starting to wane as the industry matures and SIP is no longer a question but an assumption.  So I'm quite...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Things to Know About OCS 2007 R2

    Our virtual launch is coming very soon, but I thought I would share some tidbits of information that you should know about OCS 2007 R2.  Just something to whet your appetite … 10.   64-bit We’ve made the switch to 64-bit at last.  Industry trends all point to this being the right...
  • Blog Post: The Web Scheduler is here!

    It’s here… for situations where Outlook is not your preferred way to schedule meetings, we now have an alternative available.  The web scheduler is cross-platform and even works for you Lotus Notes fans ;-)  Enjoy: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d6848ec-e7d6-41f4...
  • Blog Post: Ashlee Simpson does high tech?

    Great article over at FastCompany about high quality video conferencing. My favorite part is this quote: The question is: how on earth are we still dealing with the awful sound quality of telephones, well into the age of ubiquitous internet, hybrid cars and Coke Zero? Good question indeed. It used to...
  • Blog Post: A late Christmas present

    The OCS 2007 Resource Kit book is finally here. Check it out on Amazon or your favorite bookstore. Technorati tags: Office Communications Server
  • Blog Post: Joining the Blogosphere

    This is my inaugural post, at least on TechNet. While I've been blogging personally for some time and have even contributed to our team blog Source: http://communicationsserverteam.com/ I thought it would be good to start posting a bit on my own as well. This gives me a little more flexibility in the...
  • Blog Post: Is Office Communications Server a PBX?

    I hear this question all the time from customers. It's a fair question and a natural one since enterprise telephony has long been the province of the PBX manufacturers. In fact, this was such an entrenched mind set that most of the enterprise VoIP products out there today are just the same PBX architecture...
  • Blog Post: VoiceCon is almost here

    In two weeks, VoiceCon San Francisco will kick off.  After our announcement of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 at the VoiceCon event in Amsterdam, I'm expecting quite a bit of excitement and questions about our upcoming release.  Microsoft will have a strong presence at the event as always...
  • Blog Post: Highly Available OCS 2007 R2 Deployment Guidance

    There is a new whitepaper out that you may want to take a look at that provides detailed guidance on how to achieve high availability and disaster recovery between regional datacenters.  This is a non-trivial problem and requires a bit of know-how to get it established. Fortunately the whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: Planning Made Simple

    You want this tool. You need this tool. Get it now: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/7/207bb9fb-bffe-478f-91b7-8339d25f7fdd/OCSPlanningTool.msi . Answer some simple questions Click Finish See your OCS 2007 Topology Nothing could be easier. Technorati tags: Unified Communications , Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: Heading to VoiceCon

    It's that time of year already when thousands flock to sunny Orlando to experience VoiceCon . Last year, I got to see the world's largest phone: Kinda silly when you think about it but you can't help but stop and stare. Stop by the Microsoft booth to see some really interesting phones (in a more convenient...
  • Blog Post: Snow Day

    Like most of the country, the Pacific Northwest is seeing a bit more snow than usual.  In Redmond, we fear snow.  For the greater part of the year we have very moderate weather and so most folks here don’t know how to drive on snow and ice.  Today is particularly bad because the quantity...
  • Blog Post: Making the Command Line Cool Again

    I worked on Unix systems for probably close to a decade before coming to work at Microsoft. The common denominator among them all was that the command line was way more interesting than whatever GUI they might provide (the two exceptions being the NeXT cube and SGI's IRIX which were years ahead of their...