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  • Blog Post: Software: The medium to greater business value with communications

    We frequently talk about the communications industry being at a crossroads, and when I look at the lineup of keynote speakers at next week’s VoiceCon 2007 – all software companies – it’s apparent where we are headed. But what does it mean that voice communications is becoming software based? Given...
  • Blog Post: Consulting Firm AT Kearney Saves Costs with Microsoft Communications Server “14”

    This month we're highlighting a video case study about AT Kearney who implemented a unified communications solution using Microsoft Communications Server “14” and other Microsoft technologies to improve the communication and collaboration among their employees. In addition to achieving significant...
  • Blog Post: We’re looking forward to seeing all our partners at WPC!

    Microsoft will host the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) next week (July 10-14), and we are eager to connect with our Exchange and Lync partners in Los Angeles, California. WPC is the marquee event of the year to engage with our worldwide partners to reflect on the year’s performance...
  • Blog Post: Cisco: Just Like Any Other Office Communications Server ISV?

    I’m always excited to hear about third party applications written to the Office Communications Server developer interfaces, and Cisco’s UC Integration™ for Microsoft Office Communicator (CUCIMOC) is no different: each and every application testifies to the momentum of our unified communications products...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day: Lync can make a difference

    Microsoft News Center posted a piece yesterday featuring research from The World Wildlife Fund that calls out the benefit that increased telecommuting and virtual meetings could have on the environment. With today being Earth Day, I wanted to take a few minutes to write about the various options that...
  • Blog Post: Educational Institutions Make Smart Decisions with Unified Communications

    Each month, we look at different organizations across various industries to see how unified communications is transforming their businesses. This month we highlight academic institutions, from school districts to colleges and universities, and how these educational establishments are using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: LotusFear?

    Last Wednesday, IBM kicked off their pre-Lotusphere PR barrage by claiming momentum for Lotus Notes. Throwing out a half-dozen stats, IBM seemingly mounted an unassailable argument for the resurgence of the once-thought-dead Notes, except for one thing – most of it was false. Case in point, early...
  • Blog Post: Lync Earns Recognition

    Analysts play a key role in the tech industry. They look at how products are actually being used in the real world and advise their IT clients. Perhaps one of the most respected firms in the enterprise IT market is Gartner, with a dedicated team of analysts who closely watch the UC market. Every year...
  • Blog Post: Ten Predictions for UC in 2009

    Two years ago, most people had never heard of unified communications. Today, as the combination of cost savings and productivity improvements that UC solutions can deliver has become clear, adoption of UC technologies and approaches has moved to the top of the list of IT priorities for many companies...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010: Microsoft Communications Server ‘14’ takes the stage

    Fun stuff! Gurdeep’s demo inside Bob Muglia’s keynote went well today, as did his breakout session later in the day. That includes some funny joking between Jamie with the whiteboard giving directions to Gurdeep on where he needed to be later in the day for his other sessions. And the...
  • Blog Post: Telecom Customers Onboard with Microsoft Unified Communications!

    After being on the market for a year now, we continue to see widespread customer adoption of Microsoft’s unified communications platform. To highlight these customers, every month the Unified Communications blog will spotlight a specific industry and show how they are benefiting from Microsoft’s software...
  • Blog Post: R2 Arrives

    Just over a year since OCS 2007 launched, R2 made its debut today. Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hosted the launch event before a studio audience and thousands of Web participants from around the world. Several customers joined the launch to share their experiences with UC and...
  • Blog Post: IBM’s Email Strategy Takes Another Sharp Turn

    Last week, in more pre-Lotusphere PR, IBM announced their intent to acquire Outblaze’s email technology and make it part of Bluehouse, IBM’s cloud-based social computing and collaboration offering, which is now in beta. This is a fascinating acquisition. Why acquire Outblaze when Lotus Notes is...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Back

    Hello, and welcome back to the Unified Communications blog. While this site has been quiet for a while now, we felt it was time a good time to revitalize the discussion for the New Year. It is a little over one year since we launched Microsoft’s UC platform, and in that year the UC market has been...