In the event you have not heard about UC World, allow me to share the site and information on one of the speakers.
To truly explore the question: Why UC, Why Now?, we have taken the opportunity to speak with one of the unified communications industry's most noted thought leaders, Gurdeep Singh-Pall, Corporate Vice President for the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft. In his role, Gurdeep leads the vision, product strategy, and R&D for Microsoft's Unified Communications offerings. For nearly 20 years, Gurdeep has played various integral roles at Microsoft. Recognized as one of the 15 Innovators & Influencers Who Will Make A Difference by Information Week, Gurdeep shares his thoughts on what UC is, what immediate benefits can be realized by organizations, and his vision for UC over the next five to seven years.
Disclosure – My role had involved me working with Aspect on their internal deployment during the OCS 2007 beta. As part of that work, I have a very high opinion of the internal Aspect IT team and their skills.