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Office Communications Server 2007 R2 beta released

Well if the cat wasn't out of the bag already over the naming convention (OCS 2007 R2 vs. OCS 2009) for the next release of Office Communications Server 2007, we can put that to rest. It will be indeed be...

Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 (next release) to be 64-bit Only

It was just announced on the Office Communications Server Team blog that the next release of OCS 2007 (rumored to be called OCS 2007 R2) will support 64-bit operating systems only. Customers who are using 32-bit hardware systems to run...

Microsoft develops Vi-Fi (Vehicle Wi-Fi). VoIP while driving baby!

A new technology developed by Microsoft in alliance with the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), and the University of Washington has resulted in a new technology called Vi-Fi (Vehicle Wi-Fi). Vi-Fi solves the problem of hopping from one Wi-Fi wireless access...

Seinfeld To Battle Mac Guy in Ads

Microsoft, weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld. The software giant's new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded. But...

Microsoft Debuts Its Surface 30" Interactive Screen at Sheraton

Microsoft is putting its touchy-feely side to the test at the Sheraton Hotel.The software giant recently showed off its new Surface technology at five Sheraton hotels nationwide. The demonstration allowed the public to get a feel for Microsoft's first fully touch-screen...

Xbox Prices Going Lower?

Hey hey hey -- what's wrong with lower prices as Microsoft is reportedly considering dropping the price of Xbox to $200 to appeal to the mass gaming market. According to one report on CNET, an Xbox console with no hard drive...

Seeing a Windows-less Future ...

Hard to image (but many have thought about it, I'm sure), but Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows. Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different from...

SimpleSignal hosted VoIP lets Mobile Workers Listen to Emails and Manage Microsoft Outlook Calendar with Voice Commands

Today, SimpleSignal is announcing that it has successfully married Microsoft Exchange 2007 with its BroadSoft-based Hosted PBX offering to offer a  new solution called SimplyMobile. SimplyMobile offers some really cool features, such as the ability to listen to emails from...

Objectworld Offers Unified Communications for 7 Cents a Day

Today, Objectworld introduced Unified Communications for just 7 cents per day per user. Their platform can work with your existing non-VoIP PBX via gateways or you can go the 100% VoIP route as well since their server can communicate with...

Controlling Asterisk based on Microsoft OCS 2007 user's presence

Paul Adams contacted me recently since he's been reading my posts about Asterisk and 'Microsoft OCS 2007' integration. Paul wrote an interesting application that enables call queuing that 'respects' OCS presence. That is, if the agent's OCS status is...

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Free Tech Support

In a rare move, Microsoft is now offering free unlimited installation and compatibility support for Windows Vista, but only for Service Pack 1 (SP1). This even includes FREE phone support! So fear not upgrading or installing Vista SP1 - Microsoft's...

Aastralink RP Debut Coincides with Microsoft Response Point SP1 release

As I wrote back in March, the Microsoft Response Point Service Pack 1 (SP1) release would coincide with Aastra's Response Point phone system debut, which is interesting when you consider Aastra got into the IP-PBX game with a Microsoft IP-PBX...

Is There More to Netflix/Roku Than Meets the Eye?

Blogged about the intriguing Netflix/Roku deal back on May 20, but now an interesting piece on VentureBeat makes it even more (and more!) interesting.The new Roku box (doesn't look like much, does it?) lets you stream any of Netflix's 10,000+ "Watch...

Microsoft Equipt includes Office, OneCare for $69.99/Year

Microsoft will start selling its Office programs to consumers on a subscription basis starting in mid-July. According to the news, it's a a bid to reach "thrifty PC buyers" who would otherwise pass on the software. The software bundle, formerly...

Microsoft Drops VoIP from Windows Live Messenger

Just saw this article that reiterates Microsoft's decision last year that the existing VoIP partnership with Verizon would be terminating in 2008. (See 2006 launch of Windows Live Messenger w/ Verizon deal) As of today you can use Windows Live...

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Launches

Just got a popup toast icon in my current version of Windows Live Messenger saying that a new version of Windows Live Messenger was out - namely Windows Live Messenger 8.5 which has been in beta.The previous (non-beta) version was Windows...

Unified Communications Growth Soars

Infonetics sent me over a summary of their latest report on the unified communications (UC) market.  Infonetics Research reports that the unified communications market, which includes unified messaging and communicator software, jumped 20% sequentially in 2007, following a 19% increase...

UK court rules Modchips do not circumvent copyright protection

UK-based MrModchips was cleared of all 26 counts against him for his role in importing and selling gaming console modchips. You know, the kind that lets you play [cough] backup copies of your video games. The Court of Appeal...

Hmmm... Buy an IP-PBX at Costco

I'm on vacation at Disney World this week but happened to be checking my email and noticed a bit of interesting news involving Costco, Microsoft, and VoIP. Yes, I know, strange bedfellows, eh? Apparently, you can now buy a...

CinemaNow Brings Movie Downloads to Windows Media Center

CinemaNow was one of the first to offer downloadable video content on-demand, but has been lost in the shuffle of competitors like Apple, Amazon, and Netflix for their digital movie, music, & TV downloads. And of course you have the big...

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Rumors

I've heard from various sources about Office Communications Server 2007 R2 coming soon. I'm a member of the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 MVP team, so I'm privy to information that I cannot divulge at this moment due to NDA...

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

Microsoft launched a webcam called the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 that "literally bends over backwards for you." Or at least, that's what Microsoft says. Somehow picturing a webcam and bending over backwards sounds a wee bit pornographic is you ask me....

A New Way to Stargaze via the WorldWide Telescope

Maybe it's time to get a new telescope or upgrade for the future in another way? According to a report in today's New York Times, the skies may be the next frontier in travel, but not even the wealthiest...

Zune To Come with Copyright 'Cop'?

Now we know some (at least) of the reason that NBC pulled its TV shows, etc., out of iTunes and threw its lot in with Zune -- pricing and copyright protection. In a nutshell, NBC doesn't want to price...

Zune Marches On!

Microsoft just announced that Zune, the company’s "all-in-one digital entertainment brand," is adding new software features and content to the Zune online store, music community and Zune Pass monthly subscription service. Of particular note, Zune is expanding its video store...
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