Microsoft is working on the next major release of Office Communications Server 2007. The new version, Microsoft OCS 2007 R2, is in a tightly controlled Beta test version currently. Microsoft is working closely with partners to incorporate needed functionality and work out the bugs. Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft Vice President of the Unified Communications Group, has started to drop some hints about what to expect:
“In addition, customers should look for more focus on mobility, spanning mobile messaging and mobile telephony. They should also expect to see more comprehensive conferencing solutions than before and the ability to extend OCS telephony beyond remote and mobile workers. “
In the All About Microsoft column on ZDNet, Mary-Jo Foley talks about the upcoming OCS 2007 R2, as well as some hints at what might be coming for Microsoft’s hosted service, as well as some significant updates for how Microsoft UC works with mobile phone, codenamed ‘Rouge’.