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Lync 2010 worth the effort
Today I was reading an article by J. Peter Bruzzese at Infoworld. The title of his article: Microsoft Lync 2010:Finally, a commnications server worth the effort. Here is a link to the article http://infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-lync-2010-finally-communications-server-worth-the-effort-515 In this...
13 Oct 2010
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
Part 5 of 5 - Check out http://www.GOTUC.net With Blain Barton
Sorry for the very long delay, finally, the last part (Part 5 of 5) was to provide knowledge on the http://www.GOTUC.net website and how it can help you get started with Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Unified Communications, please check out: http://gotuc.net/blogs/gotuc/archive/2009/03/26/office-communications...
30 May 2010
Florida IT Server Group in Ft Lauderdale Meets - Adnan Cartwright Leader
The Florida IT Server User Group in Ft Lauderdale covered Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 including setup, install and configuration. The members had their laptops and it was a hands-on experience for all. Make sure and check out the next Florida IT User Group announcements at: http://www.fisg.us/ This...
27 May 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 3 of 5 - OCS 2007 R2 Dial-in Conferencing with Keith Kabza and Blain Barton
Sorry for the delay, we got it working with LiveMeeting! Look for Part - 4 next week! http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=1df8411e-c32b-4b40-9730-b8dd603eaacd
7 Mar 2010
Beyond the Clouds
Like many other people, I’ve been following some of the recent discussions and debates about what is often called “Cloud Computing”. Since this term has been applied to many scenarios, from using special-purpose web sites to publishing custom-written applications to hosted, virtualized computing resources...
4 Mar 2010
Exchange UM: Protecting your mobile number
Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging (which I’ll call “UM”) has many great features. Rather than describe the features in detail, in the next few postings I’ll try to present some of these features as solutions to problems that most of us face. If, like me, you carry a mobile phone that you use for both personal...
12 Feb 2010
Exchange UM: Filling a Gap in the World of UC
In a recent article , Blair Pleasant observes that many organizations are taking a long time to reap the potential benefits of Unified Communications. She explains that they see difficulty and expense, whether they (1) upgrade their existing systems to full UC, or (2) try to extend them with systems...
1 Feb 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...
30 Jan 2010
Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 4)
This is the final part of the frequently-asked questions list that I’ve put together for Exchange 2010’s Voice Mail Preview feature. You may want to read Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3 before reading this. If Voice Mail Preview is not completely accurate, how should I use it? You may find that you have a...
28 Jan 2010
Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 3)
This is the third part of the frequently-asked questions list that I’ve put together for Exchange 2010’s Voice Mail Preview feature. You may want to read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this. What happens if I get Voice Mail in more than one language? In a UM Dial Plan, at most one language is used...
26 Jan 2010
Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 2)
This is the second part of the frequently-asked questions list that I’ve put together for Exchange 2010’s Voice Mail Preview feature. You may want to read Part 1 before reading this. Why ‘Preview’? Why not ‘Transcription’ or ‘Speech to Text’? Names are important, and we thought hard about this one. It...
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
Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 1)
Voice Mail Preview is one of the Exchange 2010 features that’s received a lot of attention. Over the past few months, I’ve received many messages from users who have questions about it. A few questions appeared much more often than others, so I found it, err, convenient to put together a frequently-asked...
21 Jan 2010
Removing Migration Barriers One (Lotus) Note at a Time…
0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Switching From Lotus Notes to Exchange and SharePoint Just Got Easier With New Migration Tools and a Free Training Offer for Notes Professionals In my job, I'm privileged...
18 Jan 2010
IBM Panasonic “Win” = Keeping a Notes Customer
In advance of Lotusphere, IBM is touting a big cloud win with Panasonic who will be using LotusLive for 320,000 people, and IBM is claiming this as a replacement of Microsoft Exchange. These claims around Panasonic compel me to shed some light on the real facts. Panasonic was already using Notes...
15 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...
12 Jan 2010
What's the difference between Unified Messaging and Unified Communications?
In my previous post, I spent some time outlining the features of Exchange Unified Messaging (UM). From time to time, I'm asked to explain how UM relates to Microsoft's Unified Communications (UC) strategy and products. In this post, I'll try to give a personal view on the relationship between UM and...
22 Dec 2009
Unified Communications, Unified Messaging and Good Old Voice Mail
This is my first posting as a "Unified Communications Expert", so it seems like a good moment to explain what I mean when I use terms such as UC and UM. Some people whom I've talked with at TechEd and other events were rather hazy about the differences between UC and UM, so there seems to be a need...
21 Dec 2009
Exchange 2010: Saving Money, Delighting Users, Protecting Communications
Today, at Tech∙Ed in Berlin we announced that Exchange 2010 is available. This version of Exchange is like no other for many reasons. One reason is that we built it as a service from the beginning, and over two years ago it became the e-mail service for universities around the world via our Live...
9 Nov 2009
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
Introduction Post from Harold Wong
Hello everyone!!! My name is Harold Wong and I am an IT Pro Evangelist out of Phoenix, Arizona. I'm sure some of you are asking "What in the world does an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft do???" If you asked that question, you are definitely not the first one to do so. I will do my best to answer that...
1 Oct 2009
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