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Mar 16 2009   6:07PM GMT

Microsoft OCS 2010 Will Eliminate PBX

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

If you have been following unified communications and the evolution of Microsoft’s Office Communications Server, it is probably not a surprise to you to learn that Microsoft intends for the next major release of Office Communications Server to entirely eliminate the need for an enterprise to have a PBX for voice communication.

In my recent Reality Check podcast on the SearchUnifiedCommunications site, we talked about whether VoIP is a necessary piece of a unified communications deployment and one of the things that was discussed on the podcast was whether or not organizations still need to invest in a PBX with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.

The answer right now is ‘it depends’. However, according to a quote pulled from Microsoft documentation and highlighted in a recent blog post, Microsoft is apparently moving from rumor and innuendo and on to talking openly about the strategy of Office Communications Server, the next version will apparently be dubbed ‘OCS 2010’, and the elimination of the PBX from the voice communications infrastructure.

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