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Use Microsoft UC Learning Path Tool to locate CS14 training

Microsoft Partner Network has launched a UC learning website that makes it easier to plan your training!

Visit http://uclearningpaths.com/

It’s a great place to locate training for Communications Server 14 and BPOS.

As a bonus you can install it in your start menu or desktop as a Silverlight application.

A screenshot from the Learning Path Tool:

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Service description for Office Communications (OC) Online Standard

“Microsoft® Office Communications Online is a hosted, enterprise-class communications solution based on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Office Communications Online provides your organization with real-time communications capabilities including secure instant messaging and delivery of “presence” information.”

http://bit.ly/9QaPRG

Unified Communications Glossary from Microsoft

The terminology when reading technical documentation on Office Communication s server and Microsoft Unified Communications can sometimes be rather complex. It’s not as if you can look up the terminology in a dictionary.

Have a look at Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Unified Communications Glossary
http://bit.ly/9Pkn8j

Office Communications Server 2007 R2: New Group Chat Downloads

Microsoft has recently released two new downloads related to the Group Chat functionality in Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Hotfix KB 980042
This download contains updates for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat.

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat SDK
The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and sample applications developed with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat platform.

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!

UC consultant – get a broader (business) perspective!

Unified Communications in all it´s technology oriented glory is amazing to work with. I really like to get some perspective on how customers (companies) adopt the technology in their organizations. Harvard Business Review gives you tech guys (me included) a broadened perspective.

Unified Communications (UC) has been the buzz word for a long time but I like the add an extra “C” to give it more relevance.
Building one silo for communication and another for collaboration is the wrong way to go! So let´s use the term UC&C (Gartner) as often as you can. To make it even easier to adapt, I like using “communication & collaboration” when talking to with

Harvard Business Review offers  – HBR Today – a great iPhone app that let´s you learn more by reading blogs, listening to audio/video casts.

In my job as Senior Consultant at UClarity, it´s the combination between technology and business that we want to offer our customers!

It´s not enough to tell the CEO/CTO/CFO that they will benefit from UC&C, it´s so much easier for a decision maker if they have a strong partner helping with a business case (that includes end-user feedback) and a strategy.

Don´t let Microsoft, IBM or Cisco build your UC&C strategy, that´s something that should be done by a vendor independent consultant.

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