Jun 13

OCS 2007 R2 update 9

Microsoft has released CU9 for OCS 2007 R2. Here are the sources:

Product

KBs

Download

Product

Update

External

External

Office Communications Server 2007 R2

OCS_2007R2_CU9

968802

MS download

Office Communicator 2007 R2

OC_2007R2_CU9

2549042

MS download

Group Chat Server 2007 R2

GCS_2007R2_CU9

2549044

MS download

Group Chat Client 2007 R2

GCC_2007R2_CU9

2549043

MS download

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Jun 03

Lync video interop program goes live!!!

The Microsoft Lync Video Interoperability Program officially launched at the end of May featuring four newly qualified video endpoints from LifeSize.

The Microsoft Lync Video Interoperability Program and Video Solutions Qualified for Lync are also now announced on TechNet.

The program tests and qualifies partners’ video solutions to provide interoperability with OCS 2007 R2 and with Lync Server 2010.

This will provide a premium experience for customers.

Lync offers interoperability with three different types of video solutions:

  • Video Teleconference (VTC),
  • Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), and
  • Gateways.

 

More information about the program can be found on TechNet: Microsoft Lync Video Interoperability Program and Video Solutions Qualified for Lync

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Jun 03

Sennheiser offers new wireless headset optimized for Lync

Sennheiser offers the new DW Office series of wireless DECT headsets Optimized for Lync. The stylish design places a premium on comfort and effectiveness, allowing users to move freely around without wires. With its long-distance wireless range, the DW Office series gives true comfort calls.The series includes the DW Office, an all new single-sided headset for the desk phone and softphone; and the DW Office Pro1 and DW Office Pro2, both specially designed to meet the needs of all-day users and experienced professionals working in noisy environments, where the productivity benefits of switching from wired to wireless can really be appreciated. Aimed at professionals who need flexible yet fail-safe wireless solutions that are supremely comfortable to wear and intuitive to use, these headsets set new standards in listening and wearing comfort.

 

Sennheisers’ communication can be found here.

See Lync Devices TechNet page and the Lync USB Devices Comparison Table for Wireless Headsets.

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May 25

Techdays presentation available

Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that the presentation that I’ve given at the TechDays.nl is now available for viewing.

Here is the link: http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-nl/edge/lync-en-hoge-beschikbaarheid

Here is a link to the presentation (in Dutch) of Steven van Houttum regarding an Overview and deployment: http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-nl/edge/video/lync-server-2010-overview-and-deployment

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May 16

Lync will be/is in Core CAL suite

Microsoft has offered some great news regarding their licensing part. The Standard Lync Client Access Licenses are going to be included in the Core CAL suite of Financial Year 2012. FY 12 starts in August of 2011, however, you can start using the product if you sign an Amendment.

The changes to Core CAL impact all Volume Licenses Programmes. However the early use rights Amendment is not available for any customers transacting through the OPEN & OPEN VALUE Programme. If you are currently licensed for Core CAL through Select or an Enterprise Agreement, you are able to use these new products immediately (Subject to owning or acquiring the server licenses required)

You will be able to implement Lync with basic functionality (IM/Presence, PC 2 PC Audio/Video calling) from this moment on (if you have the Early Use Rights Amendment filled in)!!

Enjoy this great communications platform and start exploring!!

For more info, please read: http://www.softcat.com/news/article/ms-core-cal-gets-a-welcome-upgrade

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May 10

Microsoft buys Skype

Interesting news… Today Microsoft has bought Skype… See the official press statement:

 

REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG – May 10, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

With 170 million connected users and over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations in 2010, Skype has been a pioneer in creating rich, meaningful connections among friends, families and business colleagues globally. Microsoft has a long-standing focus and investment in real-time communications across its various platforms, including Lync (which saw 30 percent revenue growth in Q3), Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE.

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx

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May 05

NextHop Lync video; part 1

NextHop just release a great new video that you should see if you are not familiar with Lync.


This video helps get you started using the Lync Server Planning Tool to design sites and create your topology. Check it out. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 1 – Design a Site and Create a Topology

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May 02

Lync & Avaya S8300

If you want to integrate an Avaya S8300 Communications Manager with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, you need to establish a Direct SIP connection between the two. This document provides a step-by-step guide for configuring Avaya Communications Manager S8300 with Lync Server 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d8c63817-d860-4356-83ca-1647a6ee145b&displaylang=en

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Apr 28

Techdays; Lync presentation

On the 27th of April, the TechNet_Live part of the TechDays was held. Great keynote and nice sessions during this one day event. I’ve given a session on High Available Voice to show that Lync has made great improvement on the Voice and availability part to have it as a full PBX replacement.

Lync offers a complete communications platform and includes PBX functionality. Here is the presentation:

Please use the full format  for the best experience: http://cid-e288e33c8e7c25da.office.live.com/view.aspx/Lync%20presentaties/TechDays%5E_Lync.ppsx

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Apr 17

Another LYNC & OCS IP Phone: SNOM 821

snom 821 is Qualified for OCS 2007 R2 and Forward Compatible with Lync Server 2010

The snom 821 is the second qualified standards based phone from snom which provides automatic display of the Lync client buddy list, presence and advanced Microsoft Directory lookup providing quick dialing and convenience to the end user for under $279 (under $129 for the snom300). Its color display is also an XML browser capable of displaying any logo, ticker (weather, sports scores) or picture feed from a camera. Connectivity is enhanced beyond its two gig-E ports with optional wireless LAN. No USB connection to a computer is required for snom phones to work with Lync.

 

If you encounter a mixed Lync environment with another SIP-based PBX (Avaya, Asterisk, Broadsoft, and others), up to twelve accounts can concurrently register on the same phone providing soft migration and retention of investment.


 

See for more information:

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