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ProtoSphere 3D Virtual World Combines Microsoft Lync, VoIP, Collaboration, & Social Media

ProtonMedia's ProtoSphere combines Microsoft Lync, VoIP, collaboration, & social media features to bring a 3D virtual world to life, enabling the enterprise to more easily interact and collaborate. One of their competitors is Avaya's (formerly Nortel's) Web Alive, which I...

Microsoft Lync Unified Communications "14" Training Kit

Microsoft Lync has launched, so now what? How can you as a developer get in on the action? Well, Microsoft just released a training kit that provides deep technical training on all aspects of the Lync Server 2010 and Exchange...

Use Skype to Video Call Any Video Endpoint: Polycom, Cisco, Tandberg, etc.

Christian Bongiovanni, co-CEO and CTO for Imagicle gave me a demo of SkyStone Video, which enables video conferencing everywhere to any video endpoint. Using SkyStone Video you can call any video endpoint using Skype, including Cisco/Tandberg, Lifesize, Polycom, Radvision, Sony,...

Microsoft Lync Meets Video Kinect on Xbox 360

During my New York City demo with Microsoft's Lync team a few weeks ago I discussed with one of the Microsoft employees the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and how it would be a perfect fit for Microsoft Lync. He...

Dialogic Releases Survivable Branch Appliance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010

A simple software upgrade for Dialogic 4000 Media Gateway Series (launched in 2007 with OCS 2007 support) adds Branch Office Connectivity and Survivability for Microsoft's Lync Unified Communications platform. This is a key component to Microsoft's strategy of a...

New Solution Enables Microsoft Lync to Talk to Land Mobile Radio users (VHF, UHF, P25, etc.)

One of Microsoft’s partners, Twisted Pair Solutions, maker of WAVE software now supports Microsoft Lync. WAVE Lync Communicator extends Lync by adding push-to-talk connectivity between office-based workers and their mobile worker colleagues who use two-way radios and smartphones. WAVE Lync...

Microsoft Lync Mini-review

Rich Tehrani and I were in NYC recently checking out Microsoft's latest UC offering, Microsoft Lync, which officially launches this week. I've been busy testing it out using some virtualized images Microsoft gave me, so haven't had time to write-up...

Texas Instruments TNETV1072 processor Supercharges voice experience Optimized for Microsoft Lync

Texas Instruments claims that their TNETV1072's C64x+ digital signal processor (DSP) core provides "exceptional high-definition voice and wideband acoustic echo cancellation capabilities offering richer voice quality to its users." The chip is targeting and is specifically optimized for Microsoft Lync....

ITEXPO Lands Some Spectacular Companies

I'm pretty excited about TMC's upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) happening in Los Angeles, California. Check out some of the participants at ITEXPO, including some big names like Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Microsoft, and Symantec. I believe we're around 200...

Goodbye Microsoft OCS Hello Microsoft Lync!

Last week I wrote an article titled "Microsoft Lync 2010 - New Product? Or New OCS Name?" based off of a couple new downloads on Microsoft's site I found via Twitter. When I saw something called Microsoft Lync on Twitter...

Microsoft Lync 2010 - New Product? Or New OCS Name?

Today, Microsoft released some downloads for "Microsoft Lync 2010". Microsoft Lync 2010? What the heck is that? Is that the new name of the yet unreleased Communications Server "14"? I thought it was going to be called MCS (Microsoft Communications...

Microsoft to Exhibit at MSPWorld

Microsoft just announced they are exhibiting at  MSPWorld co-located with TMC's ITEXPO in Los Angeles. ITEXPO is already beating estimates and MSPWorld is doing quite nicely as well.So why should you attend MSPWorld?Here's an overview:MSPWorld Conference and Expo is a...

Enterprise Unified Communication, VoIP & TDM Equipment 2010 (1Q10) forecast report

Infonetics Research released the 1Q10 results from its first quarter 2010 (1Q10) Enterprise Unified Communication, VoIP, and TDM Equipment forecast report. In it they point to how Cisco and Avaya battle for supremacy in enterprise telephony market with Avaya closing...

Microsoft Kinect Adds Video Chat

Project Natal for the XBOX 360 has just been renamed to Microsoft Kinect. Personally, I prefer the old name. In any event, Microsoft also announced a VoIP & video conferencing app simply called Video Chat. Great, get rid of a...

Silverlight on iPhone?

ZDNet's Microsoft blogging guru (guru-ess?) Mary Jo is reporting on a rumor of Silverlight coming to the Apple iPhone. This is based on a WSJ report that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may make an appearance at the upcoming Apple World...

McDonalds Drive-thru Gets a Microsoft BSOD!

I was going through a Microsoft drive-thru when I saw the dreaded Blue Screen of Death on the McDonalds computer screen. Not good. Check out the video: Part of the message reads: A problem has been detected and Windows...

Sangoma and HP Partner on UC Platform

I saw a release a couple of weeks ago about Sangoma entering into an OEM relationship with a "major computer and networking equipment supplier", which really piqued my interest since I'm a Sangoma telephony card fan. The release however doesn't...

Alteva's Hosted OCS 2007, Exchange & Sharepoint Offers Comprehensive Hosted UC

Alteva, a unified communications hosted solution provider recently announced a partnership with Microsoftand Broadsoft to provide a true hosted Unified Communications (UC) solution to small businesses. Alteva has connected their hosted voice and messaging services with Microsoft Communication Services...

Cool New Microsoft 720p LifeCams with TrueColor Technology

Microsoft today announced TrueColor Technology which they claim enhances the color and brightness of webcam video in the worst of lighting conditions. True Color Technology is a new image processing technology that automatically adjusts the picture quality to provide more...

AudioCodes SPS Brings Microsoft OCS Features to Legacy SIP Phones

Some very interesting news from AudioCodes with the launch of AudioCodes' SIP Phone Support (SPS) for Microsoft Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS). AudioCodes is well known for their VoIP gateway products - well think of SPS as a gateway...

What's Wrong with Windows Phone 7?

So everyone is gushing over how sexy the new Windows Phone 7 Series is. Microsoft has done a "reboot" of their mobile operating system and gone to an entirely new operating system. Sorry Windows Mobile fans, your old apps...

Watch a Microsoft Operating Systems Video Timeline

Microsoft's operating system have evolved quite a bit since the 1980s when they launched their first operating system. Ah, who doesn't miss Microsoft DOS? Gimme my DOS command shell, .bat files, QEMM expanded memory manager, Stacker disk compression (a...

Run Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Virtualized

According to Microsoft, Office Communications Server 2007 R2 can now be deployed onto Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, or onto any virtualization solution that is a certified partner through the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) certified partners. Running OCS 2007 R2...

Don't install KB974571 or You will Break Microsoft OCS 2007!

If you're running Office Communications Server or LCS whatever you do, don't install KB974571 or you will cause the LCS or OCS server to state you are running the evaluation version and then say it has expired. Poof! - There...

To Appear Offline or Not to Appear Offline, that is the Presence Question

Presence is a valuable tool used in a variety of consumer and business applications, including Microsoft OCS 2007, Skype, AOL's AIM, Windows Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and more. Businesses which used to ban IM applications (block it on the firewall, Group...
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