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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!

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.

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!

Microsoft Live meeting and Spotify in your brand new Volvo with touchscreen-based rear seat entertainment system

You should not drive and use your mobile phone without a headset. What about driving and making a communicator call or attending a Microsoft Live meeting using the new Windows XP (!) touchscreen-based rear seat entertainment system?

A Windows touchscreen-based rear seat entertainment system with windows and a 3G / 4G connection gives you endless possibilities!

Imagine:

  • Listening to Spotify
  • Streaming video to your kids in the back seat
  • Making VoIP calls with Skype or other VoIP software such as Microsoft Office Communicator
  • Use your imagination 🙂

Named the RSEi-500, the unit is based around a touchscreen of unspecified size, and packs a 500GB hard drive for media storage, a DVD player, USB and A/V inputs, and built-in WiFi to let you pair it with a Sprint OverDrive or other mobile hotspot

More information @Engadget