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  • Blog Post: Public IM Connectivity

    What is PIC? Public IM Connectivity is the ability for an on-premise OCS 2007 install base to communicate with cloud services such as MSN, AOL, and Yahoo. As customers have been onboarding with Live@EDU the students are using the Windows Live Messenger but staff/faculty have Exchange 2007 and OCS 2007...
  • Blog Post: Can Lync IM federate with Google Talk or Jabber instant messaging?

    This was asked by a few universities. The answer is yes using our Microsoft XMPP gateway.   Where do I grab the XMPP gateway? It is free here and there is also an updated fix to the XMPP gateway here . Some more XMPP config information here . It says it is for OCS R2 does it work with Lync? Yes...
  • Blog Post: How do I federate OCS IM with Live@edu, Windows Live, or AOL?

    I was asked this by a university in Missouri.  Here is the process:   Prerequisites you need before you start the provisioning process: 1) Download and read the OCS Federation provisioning guide here . 2) Next you will need only ONE of the following pieces of information (note: if you don’t...
  • Blog Post: IBM Sametime Federation with OCS 2007 announced to today

    This is some good news on the IM interop front. Announced at VoiceCon today: IBM and Microsoft plan to support interoperability between Sametime and OCS, commencing with Sametime version 8.0.2 and OCS 2007 IBM currently has a working system of OCS and Sametime in its lab IBM plans to make the supported...
  • Blog Post: Federation in Higher Education

    Previously I posted information about Federating across Universities for collaboration . One of my colleagues at Indiana University, Matt Dixon, has setup a registry for Universities to understand who is federated and how to federate with them. This is a great as it allows Universities to education across...
  • Blog Post: How does Federated Calendar sharing work in Exchange 2010?

    I was asked this by a university in the Midwest with 18 unique Exchange organizations. They wanted to share calendar information amongst the Exchange orgs. (Most diagrams courtesy of Exchange Product team)   What are the benefits of Exchange 2010 Federated Sharing? Easy setup of external data sharing...
  • Blog Post: Federation with Microsoft and with Education Institutions

    How do you build a community? Federate! In OCS 2007 you have the ability to federate with other schools, other companies (including Microsoft), and federate with Public IM (AOL, MSN, and Yahoo). Some of our OCS customers have federated with the Microsoft team and we have them in our contact list....