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Microsoft’s Big Unified Communications Launch

October 17, 2007

Please enjoy the Publisher’s Outlook from the November, 2007 Unified Communications Magazine.   ---   In the history of communications space there has never been a new product roll-out supported by over 50 other companies. Until October 16, 2007, that is. I write this article while on a returning flight from San Francisco, CA, where I got to hear Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and Business Division President Jeff Raikes speak about how Microsoft will change business communications forever through the introduction of a suite of unified communications software, products and services. And yes, over 50 other companies also announced related products and services.   Bill Gates explained to an extremely large audience that this announcement is about applying the magic of software to phone calls.

October 16, 2007

Microsoft UC News Update Here is the news you should be aware of regarding Microsoft’s Unified Communications push so far:   Tom Keating   Drag-and-drop Conference Calls = OCS 2007 Success? SAP Duet to leverage Microsoft OCS 2007 Rich Liveblogging Microsoft UC Launch Dell Gets into VoIP Game with OCS 2007 Microsoft OCS 2007 Review XML VoIP API by Microsoft Live Meeting and Lypp Microsoft Unified Communications Client API SDK released + UC 2007 Launch VoIP Test Set for Office Communications Server 2007   Rich Tehrani (I always have something to say)   50 Microsoft Unified Communications Partners Initial Thoughts on Microsoft Unified Communications Event Keating?s Microsoft Unified Communications Review A Microsoft Unified Communications Gadget display Early Photo of Microsoft Unified Communications Launch Heading over to the MSFT UC Day Heading to the Microsoft Unified Commuications Launch Communication’s Biggest Week Ever   Greg Galitzine   Microsoft OCS Launch Day Broadsoft Connections: Guy Kawasaki and Microsoft?s OCS? Nortel Looking Forward to Microsoft OCS Launch   TMCnet   IBM Announces Integration of Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony for Unified Communications BT Ramps Up Unified Communications and Collaboration Portfolio Unisys to Offer New Solutions and Services to Tie into Microsoft Unified Communications Technology Maximizing The Benefits Of Unified Communications BroadSoft Announces Efforts to Promote Unified Communications NEC Ink Unified Communications Pact" href="http://www.tmcnet.com/unified-communications/articles/12495-unisys-nec-ink-unified-communications-pact.htm">Unisys and 'NEC Ink Unified Communications Pact 

50 Microsoft Unified Communications Partners

October 16, 2007

Initial Thoughts on Microsoft Unified Communications Event

October 16, 2007

Having Bill Gates initiate any new product launch is obviously good for your product. The energy so far in the room is amazing and the excitement about communications is absolutely incredible. It is quite amazing that communications has become a super strategic product officering at Microsoft.   The executive team at Microsoft thinks Unified communications will do to live communications what email did to asynchronous communications in the nineties.   It is tough to disagree.   Perhaps the most memorable moment about the event so far other than the dry ice smoke and blaring guitar at the start of the day is the fact the audience actually clapped when they saw how a conference call can be initiated with a simple mouse click.   If you are wondering if the market will resonate with UC you should have been in this room to see applause erupting spontaneously from a mouse click initiated conference call. This is something I have never seen before and I have been at this for quite some time as you know. So far I'd have to say this event is a lot more than smoke and mirrors.

Keating’s Microsoft Unified Communications Review

October 16, 2007

Communication’s Biggest Week Ever

October 15, 2007

Tomorrow kicks off the biggest week in the history of communications. I have to be honest. After I wrote this statement I had to get up and take a walk and get some tea. I wanted a sanity check and sometimes meandering around one’s office and listening to water cooler conversations about various TV shows and celebrities helps put one’s views in perspective.   So while at the forefront of my mind is the big Microsoft unified communications news, in the background I wonder if indeed Lindsay Lohan is broke.

What eBay Should do with Skype

October 14, 2007

Please enjoy the unedited November 2007 Publisher’s Outlook column from Internet Telephony Magazine.   ---   OK, I was wrong. Really wrong. Over a billion dollars wrong in fact. Why?

Extreme Video Solutions Update

October 14, 2007

This past week I had a few minutes to spare while in New York City so I went to the Wall Street location of Extreme Video Solutions to see a demo of their technology in action. You may recall I wrote about this video conferencing company a while back.   Making a call was as easy as pointing a remote control at the MCU and pressing a few buttons. The video and full duplex sound quality was great.   The codec box allows myriad devices to be plugged in from a PC for a PowerPoint presentation to a DVD recorder.   Although the company will be releasing some new features in a few weeks I am not at liberty to disclose them at this time. What I can tell you is the single 61” monitor has been replaced by two slightly smaller ones allowing you to see what your camera is transmitting, a PowerPoint or another point in the conference.

Strategic Technologies for 2008

October 11, 2007

I was reading an article on Wireless News regarding Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2008. Here are those technologies with the analysis from Wireless News. Obviously I agree with the first two items on this list and I do agree with a number of others here as well.   Here is the full article.   Green IT. The focus of Green IT that came to the forefront in 2007 will accelerate and expand in 2008. Consider potential regulations and have alternative plans for data center and capacity growth.

Network Engines Buys Alliance Systems

October 10, 2007

If you have been in the telecommunications market for any period of time you are no doubt aware of Jon Shapiro the founder of Alliance Systems the company responsible for building bullet-proof communications servers. Alliance Systems has great industry partnerships with vendors like Interactive Intelligence, AudioCodes and Dialogic.   Alliance Systems was just sold to Network Engines for about $40 million dollars and according to the acquiring company, this addition of telecommunications products and services blends nicely with the company’s storage and security business.   As always, stay tuned for more.

Here is a letter Jon just sent out:
Dear Friends

I am very pleased to share some exciting news with you.  This morning, Network Engines announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire   Alliance Systems, Inc., a leading provider of server appliances and computer infrastructure that support telecommunications and enterprise communications solutions. 

This acquisition represents a major milestone for Network Engines and Alliance Systems. 




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