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Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing announced
We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server. You can find all the details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx Pricing and Licensing Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL)...
28 Sep 2010
What's new in OCS 14?
I have been wanting to write this post for sometime. Internally we have been playing around with the features of Office Communications Server 14 for sometime, and I haven't been able to show you the new features. Well now I can. In the last week the OCS team released 5 new videos on edge.technet.com...
9 Sep 2010
Unified Communications and the Cloud
When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting. Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how...
25 Aug 2010
Unified Communications going beyond the trial
I was reading this article today on WindowsITPro site by B.K. Winstead. He talks about people that claim to be doing Unified Communications are most just piloting it, and most of the deployments are only using a very small percentage of the features of Unifed Communications(UC). His organization is using...
5 Aug 2010
Unified Communications: Is it real and is it for me?
About a month or so ago, I saw the following post on Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/unified_communications/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225700490 . I found the article to be enlightening and thought I would post my thoughts regarding some of the items brought out by...
27 Jul 2010
VoiceCon This Year
My colleague BJ Haberkorn wrote a really nice blog post about looking forward to VoiceCon Orlando 2010. I wanted to share it with you all since it captures all the things that has kept our team busy from keynotes - event - case studies - virtual launches - strategic initiatives - and all the news...
19 Mar 2010
Part 2 of 5 - Keith Kabza, MVP, and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010
Part-2 - is posted below! The rest of the series is being delivered every week for 5 weeks! Part 1 – Learn about Exchange 2010/OCS Integration features – http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=97439256-efc4-48a0-863b-8e69ffbefe13 Part 2 – Learn about Exchange...
29 Jan 2010
Part 1 of 5 - Keith Kabza - MVP and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010
I've been chatting with Keith Kabza Microsoft Partner and MVP at some of the local Florida events. I met up with him at the Microsoft Tampa Office to put together some videos on OCS 2007 R2 and Exchange 2010 and some of the benefits and features around the products. Take a look and tell us what you...
22 Jan 2010
It Is the Mindset, Not the Skill Set...
In the last post, I had mentioned my research whitepaper titled " Preparing for Innovation: Understanding How IT Organizational Change Can Help Drive Success with Unified Communications ". If you lead or manage a technology team and haven't read this paper yet, I'd encourage you to read it. ...
21 Jan 2010
Neeti Gupta And Her Role At Microsoft
My name is Neeti Gupta and I am a Senior Product Manager, Unified Communications (Exchange and Office Communications Server) Audience Marketing at Microsoft. I am very excited to participate in the BIEB blog and write about Microsoft communications products that I use every day at work and at...
11 Jan 2010
Using OCS to Cut Costs and Increase Productivity in a Modern Day Unified Communications World
I think we've all heard the pitch before in just about all aspects of our lives - buy product XYZ and it'll do everything you'll ever want, it'll save you money, and it'll get your whites whiter and your brights brighter (to use a Tide laundry detergent analogy). Well in the case of OCS, this sales pitch...
28 Oct 2009
Maximizing Efficiencies with Unified Communications
We are right in the middle of the New Efficiency Launch featuring Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Exchange Server 2010. I have been delivering the Exchange Server 2010 Track and thought it would be a good idea to recap a few key items with Exchange (and OCS) that can help an organization be more...
9 Oct 2009
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