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February 23, 2010  8:36 PM

Unified Communications Meets Social Networking



Posted by: Tony Bradley
collaboration, Gmail, Google Buzz, linkedin, Outlook 2010, social connectors, Social networking, Twitter, UC, Unified Communications

The email client is generally the focal point for unified communications. Emails go there. Voicemails can be trasncribed into emails, or sent as attachments or links in an email. Instant messaging sessions and phone calls can be initiated. And now, with the addition of Google Buzz and Outlook...

December 31, 2009  12:37 AM

2009: A Year in Review for Microsoft Unified Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Exchange 2010, Joe Schurman, Microsoft, ocs 2010, UC, Unified Communications

I suppose we can blame the crappy economy, but looking back on 2009 the unified communications market seems sort of stagnant. Granted, Microsoft released Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and much later in the year Exchange Server 2010, but it just doesn't feel like much happened. That will...


December 29, 2009  11:39 PM

FoIP: Unified Communications Meets 1976



Posted by: Tony Bradley
fax, fax over ip, FoIP, UC, Unified Communications

One of the less common elements of unified communications is FoIP--Fax over IP. There are a variety of benefits for organizations that rely on faxing to

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December 29, 2009  11:27 PM

Scope of UC “Market” Up for Debate



Posted by: Tony Bradley
instant messaging, mobile communications, PBX, UC, Unified Communications, voice

Unified communications is many things to many organizations. There is no set collection of elements or functions required in order to call it "unified communications", and the fluid and varying nature make it virtually impossible to define the unified communications market. As


December 1, 2009  4:57 AM

Extend OCS UC with Exchange 2010 OWA



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Exchange 2010, OCS 2007 R2, OWA, UC, Unified Communications

Microsoft is poised to revolutionize unified communications once all of the Wave 14 products hit the streets. We're already realizing some of the benefits with the release of Exchange 2010. As


October 31, 2009  4:01 PM

Google Wave Isn’t All Sunshine and Lollipops



Posted by: Tony Bradley
collaboration, Google, Google Wave, instant messaging, real-time, UC, Unified Communications

OK. I swear that I am not anti-Google or anti-Google Wave, and I promise not to repeatedly bash Google Wave. In all honesty, I couldn't wait to get my Wave invitation and I am still very excited to jump in and see what its all about. My


October 8, 2009  3:45 AM

Outlook Mobile Enhancements with Exchange 2010



Posted by: Tony Bradley
conversation, Exchange 2010, ignore, nicknames, Outlook Mobile, voicemail transcript, Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6.5

I have been using the Technical Preview of Microsoft Office 2010 for a few months now and I have to say I like it. I am particularly fond of the changes in Outlook like the ability to view by conversation-- which includes all messages in the thread inbound and outbound-- as well as the ability to...


October 3, 2009  4:05 AM

Microsoft Unleashes More Comprehensive IM Connectivity



Posted by: Tony Bradley
AIM, Google Talk, instant messaging, Jabber, Microsoft, OCS, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, PIC, Public IM Connectivity, Windows Live Messenger, XMPP Gateway, Yahoo Instant Messenger

Organizations using Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS 2007) have a powerful instant messaging tool with Office Communicator and Communicator Mobile. Federation allows different organizations running OCS to link up so that the users in each entity can see each other's presence and communicate...


June 27, 2009  12:53 PM

Resistance is Futile



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Facebook, instant messaging, linkedin, OCS, Office Communications Server, Social networking, Twitter, UC, Unified Communications

You will be assimilated (for those perhaps not as nerdy as me- that is a Star Trek reference to The Borg). That is sort of how new technologies work. Instant messaging went from IRC (Internet Relay Chat) used primarily by...


June 26, 2009  3:50 AM

Reality Check: Enterprise IM security and social networking security



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Enterprise Security, instant messaging, Reality Check, Social networking

I sat down again with Elaine Hom, Associate Editor of SearchUnifiedCommunications, to do the Reality Check podcast. This month we focused on the impact of instant messaging and social...


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