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Microsoft’s PBX killer: Communications Server “14” announced at VoiceCon

Microsoft announced Microsoft Office Communications Server “14” at VoiceCon in ORLANDO, Florida. — March 24, 2010

Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate VP of MSFT Office Communications Group, presented new features during a demonstration of OCS and disclosed the availability date to the second half of 2010.

OCS is designed and built to work with Office Exchange and SharePoint. Pall mentioned a number of important features: VoiceMail, E911 Support, Call Admission Control, Branch Office Survivability,Location Awareness Capabilities.

A screenshot of the new Office Communicator (client software for OCS)

A collection of  URL’s providing great info on OCS “14”

Microsoft Connects People in New Ways With Communications Server “14”

VoiceCon Keynote Liveblog: Microsoft

“Microsoft Unified Communications customers benefit from investment and innovation by multiple partners rather than being forced to buy from only one supplier, and can select the third-party products that best meet their unique needs. Microsoft is excited to highlight newly announced partner solutions that complement Microsoft Communications Server “14,” including:

Common area, desktop, and conference room IP phones optimized for Microsoft Communicator “14”
Aastra
Polycom

Call Accounting and Recording
Nice Systems
Quest

Enhanced 9-1-1 call routing services
911 Enable
Intrado

Contact Center
Aspect

Survivable Branch Appliances that provide local telephony services in the event of a wide area network failure
AudioCodes
Dialogic
Ferrari electronic AG
HP
NET

Now you can start planning to throw your old PBX in the thrash!

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Phones and Devices Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator

Microsoft recommends that Microsoft Office Communicator users use qualified communications devices, including phones, headsets, webcams and other devices that display the Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator wordmark. This wordmark indicates that a communications device will provide a high quality user experience, with ”just works” installation, rich audio and video, and a lower total cost of ownership.

Optimized or Microsoft Office Communicator

Phones and devices that do not display the wordmark have not been tested and qualified by Microsoft.

http://bit.ly/9XMEI7

Retired Devices Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator

This document lists the phone and peripheral devices that were previously qualified to display the “Optimized for Microsoft Communicator” mark, but are no longer in distribution

Throw them away folks! 🙂

Optimized or Microsoft Office Communicator

http://bit.ly/bgVAd3

Recap of Webcast OCS 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing + Try Microsoft UC for free!

Tonight’s Webcast Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing Deep Dive (Level 300) will be availible here: http://bit.ly/bonqUQ. Dennis L. Thomsen did a great presentation, congratulation on presenting your first Webcast! Dennis is OCS MVP and you can find him at http://msgoodies.blogspot.com/

I asked Dennis of the prefered implementation (ACP replacement) method, his answer is “rip and replace”. I´ll just say: end-user training!

It´s my opinion that the no.1 reason for a OCS project failing is poor interaction with the users, mapping the business needs to the technical solution and training end users. Feedback is so important. Working at UClarity, I get a chance to see the results of end-user experience surveys. It´s interesting reading in many ways.

According to Dennis, many companies have their entire OCS project financed (in about 6 months) by the cost saving the make on replacing the old dial-in conferencing system (ACP) with OCS 2007 R2 dial-in conferencing.

A few links on dial-in conferencing:

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Quick Reference for Dial-in Conferencing
What is Dial-in Audio Conferencing?

Want to try Microsoft UC for free (60 days trial)?

  • Instant Messaging, Peer-to-Peer Voice/Video communications powered by Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2, including desktop sharing and federation with Microsoft.
  • Advanced email, calendaring and Unified Messaging powered by Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010.

Sign-up  https://r2.uctrial.com

Unified Communications: Great series of Webcasts on OCS and Exchange

Microsoft has gathered a series of webcasts in Unified Communications: Control Your Infrastructure 

“Discover how unified communications solutions from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, deliver streamlined communications for your users. Learn how users can experience enhanced voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications, Web conferencing, and enterprise instant messaging from their PCs, regardless of their location”

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/unifiedcommunications.aspx?tab=webcasts

I´ve signed up for the following Webcasts (please notice that as the date of the webcast is passed, the link will no longer work and you will find the recored webcasts here: http://bit.ly/bonqUQ

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Audio Conferencing Deep Dive (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: ICE: The Secret of Edge Media Connectivity in Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging (Level 300)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

Archived Webcasts that have great content!

TechNet Webcast: Voice Architecture and Planning for Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300)
Original Air Date: February 16, 2010

 
Enjoy!

Office Communications Server 2010: Beta is coming closer

The much anticipated release of Office Communication Server is coming closer!

As soon as it´s on my hard drive I´ll install it in UClarity´s live demo environment 🙂
You can expect a blog post on how to integrate Office Communication Server 2010, Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010. Until then, read more about the upcoming beta release at TMCnet.com:

“The highly anticipated Microsoft (NewsAlert) Office Communications Server 2010 is set to release for the last calendar quarter of 2010, but the company had promised a beta version for testers by the end of March. As captured in this ZDnet blog, that projected date may be optimistic.

Microsoft officials are now saying the beta version of its Unified Communications (NewsAlert) ‘Wave 14’ suite may be ready by early April and now those wanting to get their hands on the release are left wondering exactly when to expect a demo”

http://bit.ly/dBQRxu

Office Communications Server 2010 (wave 14) recap

Here is a great recap from the “Inside OCS” blog, I´ll do a follow up soon!

Source: http://blog.insideocs.com/2009/12/29/ocs-in-2010-the-uc-14-wave/

“1) A new version of Office Communications Server (likely to be called OCS 2010).  Here are the highlights:

  • Capable of being a full PBX replacement (another step in Microsoft’s software powered telephony vision).
  • New “Branch Survivability” features (more branch availability options besides deploying more servers).
  • Emergency 911 support.
  • PSTN Failover.
  • Analog Device Support.
  • Remote Call Control will be deprecated (existing RCC deployments will likely be able to upgrade and be supported).
  • There will likely be a new ‘Voice CAL’ (Client Access License) for users to access the new enterprise-voice features.

2) A new version Office Communicator (code-named “14” right-now).

3) New OCS Server and Client Development SDK’s:

  • A set of fully supported (not just samples) Communicator controls in WPF and Silverlight.
  • UCMA 3.0 will be a server-side API with workflow activities.
  • Much more information is available in Chris Mayo’s PDC session (see below).
  • An Early Adopter Program is available if you are interested in getting an early look at the SDKs.”