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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Online for Large companies

    I was reading this interesting article today on CIO.com about Dow Chemical and their move from Exchange 2003 to Exchange Online or BPOS (Business Productivity On-Line Suite). The perception has been that Exchange Online is just for small and medium sized companies. This article explains the considerations...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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)...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten Reasons to Move to Exchange Server 2010 in 2010

    As we start the New Year with Exchange 2010 in market, I wanted to share more of the stories we are hearing from our customers. At launch, we highlighted how a few of our customers, Lifetime Products , Morgan Keegan and Global Crossing are utilizing the new features in Exchange 2010. But, now with...
  • Blog Post: 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...