The Microsoft Office Communications Server team has released at no additional licensing cost the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway, which enables IM and presence communication between Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and select XMPP-based IM and presence providers. The XMPP (eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) Gateway allows Office Communications Server users to communicate with users who use an XMPP-based IM and presence provider such as Google Talk and Jabber.  

 

Also, as of October 1, 2009, a Public IM Connectivity (PIC) license will no longer be required for Office Communications Server connectivity to AOL public IM networks. In July, this licensing requirement was also removed for connectivity with Windows Live instant messaging users. Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license. 

 

Customers who want Yahoo! federation will continue to purchase PIC licenses, but the price of PIC will be reduced by 50%, effective October 1, 2009.

 

More to come,

 

Mitch

 

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