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Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Web Scheduler

Are you running 64-bit Windows and can't get the OCS 2007 R2 Outlook add-in to work? Bummed you can't use the add-in to schedule meetings? As a workaround, those running Office 2010 (64-bit version) on a 64-bit machine have to...

Microsoft Releases Two New UC OCS 2007 Training Tools

Microsoft released a new UC How To training application leveraging Microsoft Silverlightâ„¢ 2 to help users and administrators learn how to use Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The Microsoft Unified Communications "How-To" training tool provides step-by-step instructions for common UC...

Judge orders Microsoft to stop Selling Microsoft Word + pay $290 million

A judge has ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word over a patent dispute with i4i, a Canadian-based company and to pay more than $290 million in damages. Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District...

Office Communications Server Team Blog's Top 118 UC & OCS Blogs

Nice to see the VoIP & Gadgets blog on the Office Communications Server Team Blog list of 118 blogs that cover OCS, including some heavyweight blogs like Ars Technica, and fellow TMCnet blogger Rich Tehrani. The Office Communications Server Team...

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 Documentation

Microsoft just published the latest and greatest version of their OCS 2007 R2 documentation. I asked the official Microsoft OCS MVP mailing list, "Is there anything new about the OCS 2007 R2 docs contained on this page or is...

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway?

I came across a Microsoft page that lists "OCS R2 XMPP Gateway" with a General Availability date of 9/28/09. Very interesting. This would enable for example Google Talk (XMPP) users to instant message (IM) OCS users. Jabber XCP has a...

Microsoft UC Developer Sandbox Featuring OCS 2007 R2 & Exchange Server 2010 Launches

Want your own little UC sandbox where you can learn how to develop speech and UC applications using Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA) without the hassle of setting up your own OCS 2007 R2 & Exchange Server 2010 beta environment?...

Microsoft Blocks VoIP on Windows Marketplace for Mobile

Microsoft has banned several applications for it's new Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store, including VoIP. Guess Apple isn't the only VoIP crippler in town. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Google Android to surpass BOTH Apple and Microsoft...

GVDialer for Google Voice

GVdialer is an intriguing mobile application for Google Voice, supporting iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Microsoft, and Symbian. GVdialer enables you to use Google Voice with your mobile phone while enabling some cool features. For instance, you can present your Google...

Microsoft OCS 2010 Will Finally Eliminate the PBX

Well, Microsoft has let the cat out of the bag and leaked word that Microsoft OCS 2010 will "remove the need for PBX equipment within your organization". I'm certainly not surprised. Let's flash back to last year where I wrote...

Windows Server 2008 RDS Does VoIP

Terminal Services allows you to remotely run applications as well as perform remote administrative duties on servers. It has allowed remote audio to be streamed over IP from the remote computer to your local computer (audio redirection) but has...

SmartSIP Launches for OCS 2007 R2 Enabling Any SIP Phone & Any SIP Trunking Service Provider

OCS 2007 R2 won't replace your PBX just yet. However, their latest R2 version adds the ability to do direct SIP trunking, thus bypassing the need for an IP-PBX. One drawback however is that Microsoft only supports direct SIP...

RIM Launches BlackBerry App World

Ok, it's official, every mobile phone provider and their brother has an application store for mobile phones. It started with the Apple App Store. Google launched the Android Market. Then last month Microsoft launched Windows Marketplace. Supposedly, Palm is launching...

OCS 2007 R2 Online Labs

A new website ocsforum.com aims to offer a hosted OCS 2007 R2 lab environment for online training and learning. According to Tom Cross, CEO of TECHtionary.com, "OCS-Office Communications Server R2-Release 2 Labs are intended to provide specific "personal training" on...

VoIP using Microsoft Silverlight

VoIP using Microsoft Silverlight has just been accomplished for the very first time. I'm pretty busy at ITEXPO so I don't have time to test this, but wanted to share an email that Founder & CEO of TringMe, Yusuf Motiwala...

Microsoft Response Point SP2 launches + review

At ITEXPO in Miami, Florida, Microsoft has just launched Response Point SP2, the latest version of their IP-PBX. Microsoft sent me a sneak peek of the SP2 beta code in January to check out. I've reviewed the Microsoft Response Point...

Speculation that eBay wants to offload Skype

According to The Times of London, rumors are that eBay wants to sell Skype after paying $2.6 billion to acquire Skype back in 2005. I wrote back then a few times that I thought eBay overpaid for Skype. Let's assume...

Ready for ITEXPO?

With ITEXPO just one week away, Rich has a good roundup of some of the happenings going on at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo taking place in Miami, Florida. Aastra, Adtran, Dialogic, Digium, and Microsoft are just some of the...

HTTP Error 500 19 when upgrading Office Communicator Phone Edition firmware URLs on Windows 2008

There is a potential problem where Office Communicator Phone Edition powered devices can't update to new firmware versions hosted on a OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition pool running on Windows 2008. You'll see HTTP Error 500 19 errors in the...

Microsoft Unified Communications Tips and Tricks

Now that OCS 2007 R2 has RTM (released to manufacturing), I thought I'd share Microsoft's brand new Unified Communications Tips and Tricks Flashcards for End-Users which includes some cool tips for their Office Communications Server 2007 platform. The image above...

Remote Desktop Dual Monitor Support tip

You're probably wondering if there is dual monitor support for Remote Desktop Connection. There is indeed, but there are some caveats and issues you should be aware of, as well as some solutions to these issues. First, as of Microsoft...

Activision Announces 'Guitar Hero 5,' New 'Tony Hawk'

We know Activision Blizzard loves sequels. A little while ago, it revealed a slate of follow-ups coming this year at an Massive Inc. upfront. An upfront is where publishers showcase their upcoming lineup to advertisers and are a new practice...

Office Communicator clients cannot communicate with AOL Contacts Problem Solved

Scott Oseychik over on the MSDN blogs has a good post today about federation issues between OCS 2005/2007 and AOL. Apparently, American Online changed their root certificates on their SIP Access Gateway at approximately 12/2/2008, 4:00 AM EST.Via Scott's post:...

Need more Terabytes this Christmas?

Looking for a faster, bigger hard drive this Christmas? (Two days till Black Friday sales by the way) Well, I came across this funny Youtube video of the day - filmed at famous Mac Store Tekserve in Manhattan, New...

Broadband-enabled Game Consoles: Bye-Bye Pay TV?

A report from research consultancy TDG predicts that portals like Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network will soon become formidable competitors to incumbent Pay TV services. Leveraging broadband-enabled game consoles as the next-generation video platforms -- and bypassing cable and...
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