Microsoft’s Unified Communications team has been hard at work on the next major release of Office Communications Server 2007. With the product now in limited Beta testing, Microsoft announced some of the features we can look forward to in the next version of OCS 2007. Two of the biggest features of the next generation software will be SIP trunking, eliminating the need for an IP PBX or VoIP gateway, and an attendant console which allows a receptionist or assistant to manage calls for others and set up or manage teleconferences. This Information Week article outlines a number of other features to look forward to that will greatly enhance the capabilities of OCS 2007 when R2 is officially released. As of today, OCS 2007 R2 is slated to hit the streets in February of 2009.