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Xbox Live Getting a Makeover

Get ready for a new look for Xbox Live this week when Microsoft debuts a completely new look for its gaming platform.The date: November 19.The new look will include customizable avatars, an iPod-like display and easier viewing of Netflix downloads....

Life Got You Down? Buy a Video Game Console

Despite a worsening economy, all three current-generation video game consoles had better U.S. sales in October than they did a year ago, according to the latest figures from The NPD Group. And both Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii...

Microsoft and IBM Announce Sametime and Microsoft OCS integration

As one of my sources told me a few days ago, IBM and Microsoft planned on offering Sametime and OCS 2007 integration to be announced at VoiceCon. Three days ago I wrote:Rumor has it that Microsoft and/or IBM will announce...

Sametime and Microsoft OCS integration

Rumor has it that Microsoft and/or IBM will announce integration between Office Communications Server 2007 and IBM's Lotus Sametime "Unified Telephony" platform at this week's VoiceCon show. If true, this would combine approximately 20 million Sametime users with Microsoft's fast...

NetQoS Unified Communications Monitor 2.0 Launches

NetQoS today launched its first unified communications focused management tool called NetQoS Unified Communications (UC) Monitor. NetQoS is broadening the focus of its formerly named VoIP Monitor product to reflect the growing role and functionality of unified communications. NetQoS UC...

Nintendo Gets New DSi Ready

Nintendo is reportedly likely to launch a new model of its top-selling handheld player, the DS, in overseas markets by next summer.Nintendo will start selling the DSi, which can take pictures, play music and is slimmer than the current model,...

What's New in Administration and Management with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

With Microsoft OCS R2's pending release, I thought you'd be interested in seeing a video interview of Microsoft's Ananad Lakshminarayanan about some of the new features in Office Communications Server R2, which is Microsoft's popular unified communications platform. In the...

Wow! A Quick Boot PC -- About Time!

It is the black hole of the digital age -- the three minutes it can take for your computer to boot up, when there is nothing to do but wait, and wait, and wait some more before you can log...

Tell me something I don't know - Telefónica & Microsoft team up for Live Messenger VoIP

Just saw a news release put out today that Telefonica and Microsoft have teamed up for Live Messenger VoIP. CNet also picked up this news. Only one problem - on October 2nd, I discovered Microsoft had added something called "Voype"...

More of Us Will Be Living in a 3D Virtual World

An increasing number of industry players will help push 3D virtual worlds into a sustainable industry, reaching 33 million registered users by 2013, according to Virtual Worlds: the Internet of Avatars. This new report from Parks Associates details the evolution...

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 Heralds the Death of the IP-PBX

Today, Microsoft debuted Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 (R2), an update to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Customers will be able to purchase the release, currently in private beta testing, beginning in February 2009. Office Communications Server...

Less Merry Xmas: Sony Keeping PS3 Pricing As Is

Sony has ruled out cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 console before Christmas, insisting that the PS3 is better value than rivals half its price.(Maybe time to rethink that in today's -- or at least last week's -- economy?)With...

BlackBerry Storm on Its Way! Look Out iPhone 3G!

Let the holiday season smart phone wars begin!!! Research In Motion (RIM) has introduced its BlackBerry Storm -- with its new tactile touch-screen -- that will be exclusively available on Verizon Wireless in a couple of weeks. Both RIM and...

Amazon EC2 running Windows Server and SQL Server

Amazon just announced that Amazon EC2 will soon run Windows Server and SQL Server. The announcement was made to Amazon Web Services developers this morning. This announcement may be partly in response to Microsoft who has been building a hosted...

Microsoft Office Communication Server R2 ships in December plus Hosted OCS Coming

I discovered two Microsoft job postings several weeks ago and have been meaning to blog the discovery that Microsoft Office Communication Server R2 will ship in December of this year. One is for 'Software Development Engineer in Test - MBD...

ITEXPO West 2008 a Resounding Success

Some great news from TMC about our IP communications conference & expositions (ITEXPO) taking place this week that I thought I'd share. The show is still going on, with today being the last day. Yesterday's exhibit hall attendance was tremendous...

ITEXPO Live Video Streaming!

This blog entry will show live video streaming (via my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone's camera) of various ITEXPO events, including keynotes, receptions, and of course the exhibit hall. I'm going to broadcast starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30 ET) when Skype's...

Microsoft Response Point Adds T1 Support and SIP Trunking Service Providers

Today at ITEXPO, Microsoft will announce a few more SIP trunking service providers that come pre-configured in the Response Point unit making it virtually plug-and-play when selecting a SIP trunking service provider. At ITEXPO Microsoft will announce they are...

Video Stream the ITEXPO Keynotes from earlier today

I live video streamed the ITEXPO keynotes from earlier today using my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone. But in case you missed it, I recorded the live video stream. Here's a link to two video recordings I made for two keynotes:...

A Supercomputer for Everybody?

Microsoft and Cray are set to unveil the Cray CX1, a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008. The pair is expected to tout the new offering as "the most affordable supercomputer Cray has ever offered," with pricing starting...

Microsoft Response Point News

I just met with Microsoft to talk about what's new in their Response Point IP-PBX. They demo'ed the Aastra AastraLink RP phone system which works with Aastra IP phones with the Response Point "magic" blue button embedded onto the phones....

Wireless Zune on the Way

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the new Apple iPods are not that big ... But how about this?Microsoft will reportedly introduce a wireless service for its Zune music player through which users can download music -- one of several features the company will...

NetIQ AppManager for Microsoft Office Communications Server

As a fan of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS 2007) and with OCS 2007 R2 just around the corner (later this year/early next year), I'd like to see 3rd party vendors offer utilities to monitor OCS 2007's performance to...

Finally Some Good News about Notebook Batteries!

Seems like every blog about notebook computers and batteries is bad news -- recalls, fires and the like.Well, how about some good news for a change!Hewlett-Packard (HP) will reportedly release a notebook next month that can run for to 24...

Xbox Now Cheaper than Wii (But for How Long?)

With the Nintendo Wii retailing for $249, Microsoft now says that it is cutting the price of its Xbox consoles! This move will lower the price of its 360 Arcade by $80, to $199, and other models will see a...
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