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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”

Call Accounting and Recording
Nice Systems

Enhanced 9-1-1 call routing services
911 Enable

Contact Center

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

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

New Microsoft Office Communication Server Downloads: GPO Field Guide & Workload Architecture Poster

Presence Integration Between IM Applications and 2007 Microsoft Office SystemThis document describes how an instant messaging (IM) application is integrated with Microsoft Office 2007 to provide Presence, IM, as well as call and conferencing features

The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Group Policy Field Guide uses clear explanations and practical examples to illustrate how and why you would use a policy in your organization
This download includes all available updates for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway
This poster gives you a visual of the different Communications Server 2007 R2 workloads, including how certificate requirements and DNS and firewall configuration come into play
This document describes the requirements and processes for activating and provisioning public instant messaging (IM) connectivity

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”


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.”

Windows Phone 7 Series – will drive deeper telco and UC vendor integration?

Microsoft has finally announced Windows 7 Phone Series, here´s the official launch site http://bit.ly/9qirh8

This is good news for Microsoft employees and my old colleagues @Avande, why you may ask? Well they won´t have to sneak with their unsupported iPhone´s if they can get a good user experience and functionality in a Windows Phone 7 device.  It´s my opinion that the actual device is getting less important, the phone operating system and even more the App Store / Market Place is of more importance. HTC can forget buiding their own user interface, this is on Microsoft´s table. HTC and all the other manufacurers will build hardware based on Microsoft´s spec.

I can´t wait to see the new Office Communicator client for Windows 7 Phone Series, will it ship with Office Communications Server 2010 (a.k.a. Wave 14). I hope that UClarity will be able to demo this soon!

When will Telia Sonera / Tre / Telenor ship business phones with Windows Phone 7? I hope that the level of mobile service integration between telco´s and UC vendors can take a leap forward with new innovative OS.

This is a picture of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace:

Windows 7 Phone includes XBOX Live and Experience. In my ears, this sounds like a flirt with the trend of incorperating consumer “look and feel” into professional devices. The design of the OS is very clean and navigation is done in a smooth way, a team from Nike has moved to Microsoft and this is the result:

A few other images:

What happend with Windows Movile 6.5? It´s in the thrashcan,