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January 31, 2010  8:22 PM

Aspect Acquires Quilogy



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Aspect, collaboration, contact center, Microsoft, Quilogy, SharePoint, UC, Unified Communications

Aspect has purchased Quilogy, a company with established expertise in Microsoft unified communications and SharePoint collaboration, for an undisclosed price. A NetworkWorld article summarizing the acquisition says "Aspect will apply SharePoint directly to contact centers, for example, enabling...

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 17, 2009  11:57 PM

BT and Cisco Put Namebrand Credibility Behind Hosted UC



Posted by: Tony Bradley
BT, Cisco, cloud computing, hosted, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

BT and Cisco announced that the two are teaming up to deliver hosted unified communications on a global scale. There is a lot of buzz--much of it little more than hype--about the impending merger of unified communications with the ubiquitous cloud, and the advent of delivering hosted unified...


December 17, 2009  11:45 PM

AltiGen Max Communications Server Gets Microsoft Seal of Approval



Posted by: Tony Bradley
AltiGen, contact center, gateway, Microsoft, OCS 2007, Office Communications Server, PSTN, UC, Unified Communications

AltiGen Communications hasĀ successfully completed Microsoft's Open Interoperability Program (OIP) for Office Communications Server 2007 R2, becoming the first company to offer both an all-in-one...


November 12, 2009  4:32 AM

LifeSize Acquisition Moves Logitech into Video-Conferencing



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, HP, LifeSize, Logitech, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications, Video conferencing

Logitech is a name that most people are familiar with. It is a virtual household word when it comes to things like keyboards, mice, PC game controllers, and webcam equipment. Logitech is not a name, however, typically associated with enterprise-class video-conferencing. That is about to...


November 7, 2009  1:55 PM

IBM Challenges Microsoft to a Cage Match



Posted by: Tony Bradley
cage match, challenge, Enterprise 2.0, IBM, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications, VoiceCon

Its unified communications meets WWF. IBM had some serious issues during a live demonstration of its UC technologies at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. Its a presenter's nightmare. I am sure the stuff works better than that and I assume they even rehearsed the presentation just fine. But, during...


October 28, 2009  4:21 AM

Unified Communications? There Is No App for That



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Apple, iPhone, Microsoft, Office Communicator Mobile, UC, Unified Communications, Windows Mobile 6.5

OK. To be fair, there are iPhone apps related to unified communications, and even an iPhone app which provides rudimentary integration with Microsoft Office Communicator. The point, however, is that as popular and as functional as the iPhone is it still has some catching up to do in order to be a...


October 19, 2009  2:56 AM

Designing a Resilient Microsoft Unified Communications Environment



Posted by: Tony Bradley
business continuity, disaster recovery, failover, Microsoft, OCS 2007 R2, Office Communications Server, redundancy, resiliency, UC, Unified Communications

As organizations move to unified communications it becomes imperative that disaster recovery and business continuity be incorporated into the design and implementation. In the event that a natural disaster or other catastrophe strike the primary data center, there needs to be a fall-back plan in...


October 19, 2009  2:45 AM

Forefront Security for OCS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007



Posted by: Tony Bradley
malware, Management Pack, Microsoft, monitor, OCS 2007 R2, Office Communications Server, protection, SCOM 2007, Security, System Center Operation Manager

For organizations that rely on Microsoft unified communications, Forefront Security seems like a natural fit. With components to protect and secure Exchange, SharePoint, and Office Communications Server, as well as client endpoints, Forefront Security provides comprehensive protection for a...


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...


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