Microsoft Lync Official Launch in New York City

Today, Microsoft officially announced and launched the next generation in communications technology in the enterprise with the new Microsoft Lync platform.  As a former Microsoft and Microsoft Research consultant having been involved...

Microsoft Lync 2010 Announcement - Ushers in a new connected experience, completes Microsoft UC&C platform.

As of 9/13/2010, the Microsoft Lync 2010 platform has been officially announced.  Full Press Release available via http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/sep10/LyncPR.mspx.  Having been a part of this community since its...

How CEBP creates Professional Services Revenue

In previous articles I have outlined the business and technical value of Communications Enabled Business Processes (CEBP) software and application development.  I was also in a video most recently that will air on CNN, Discovery...

CEBP - How Microsoft will win the Unified Communications War

The battle for the top solution in the Unified Communications (UC) marketplace is absolutely not a battle, it's a war! This is a war between ideals, concepts, innovation, and territory. We all know who the major players are and how...

Flash vs. Silverlight vs. HTML5 in unified communications: what a mess!

What's going on with video as it pertains to unified communications, streaming, and projection?  For the past several months, I've been working on the creation of several new unified communications products using the Microsoft...

Unified Communications Summit 2010 - La Jolla, California

Held at the exquisite Estancia Resort in La Jolla, California amongst some of the most beautiful landscaping my wife and I have ever seen, the Unified Communications Summit which occurred the week of April 26th was a very well...

Unified Communications 2009 - A year in review

As we wind down 2009 and prepare for 2010, I think it's best to take a look back at this year to see what has worked and what has not worked so well in order to strategize on the future on unified communications in the marketplace...

Microsoft Exchange/Outlook 2010 UC Mobile and Voicemail Features (Beta) Release!

If you haven't received the latest announcement from Microsoft in their beta release of Microsoft Office 2010, there are quite a few changes and a lot of WOW factors to check out with this latest build. In respect to Unified...

Mobile Unified Communications - Why I switched from an iPhone to Windows Phone

Over the past decade, I have been a dedicated Smartphone and PocketPC phone user until last year when I purchased an iPhone based on mainly my family wanting the device so badly. So, I went out to the Apple Store and purchased 4...

Windows Mobile 6.5 plus Communicator Mobile at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009

While having a blast in New Orleans at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, I had only one product that was of any interest for me to see an update of; Windows Mobile 6.5 and the improvements made for the Microsoft Office...

Replace your PBX today with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 & SIP Trunking

Yes, you heard correctly.  You can replace your existing PBX system today with Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2 platform.  The trick is in using SIP Trunking, not existing old school telephony/TDM communication for...

Microsoft cancels Response Point (VoIP/PBX solution for Small Business)

As you may have already heard, Microsoft has cancelled its Microsoft Response Point product, which stemmed out of Microsoft Research's Startup Business Accelerator/Communications Innovation Center group.  This hopeful compact small...

Microsoft UC Business Value Tool and UC Demonstrations

The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a video overview of the Microsoft Unified Communications Business Value Tool and provide you with an example of how to demonstrate the power of Microsoft's Unified Communications...

Swine Flu + Recession = Microsoft Office Live Meeting

With budgets strapped tight and a widespread fear of an integrated pig cold, this should be an extreme wake-up call to organizations across the globe. We can no longer, from a training, marketing, or meeting perspective, require...

Are Instant Messaging Emoticons the New Age's Hieroglyphics?

I spent a lot of time off the grid this past weekend enjoying my brother's wedding. These days away tend to open up new ideas and fun rhetoric amongst friends and something that came up as part of a conversation I had with one of my...

SMB IP-PBX Review

After a few weeks of sourcing equipment and another couple of weeks in my test lab, I put together a videocast overview of each of the following leading Small/Medium Business IP phone systems to find out some of the key differences...

Dead men walking - The halls of VoiceCon 2009

As I walk through the exhibit hall one more time, I look at the millions of dollars spent in exhibits and staff and wonder if these companies are putting money away to adapt to the sudden transition that will occur within the next...

Reflecting on the Communications Renaissance at VoiceCon 2009

Starting off with my presentation Monday morning and carried through Gurdeep Singh Pall's Wednesday morning, VoiceCon sponsors, attendees, and media have now been briefed with what we call the Communications Renaissance. What does...

Where is Microsoft's booth at VoiceCon?

So, as I walked into the Exhibit Hall today, I noticed a gaping hole where only a black square of carpet full of chairs. So where was Microsoft's exhibition when Cisco and Avaya's booths look like a shopping mall? Although the...

VoiceCon 2009 - First Day!

Post flight and now registered at the largest voice and unified communications event on the planet, I walk into the exhibit hall where every major player in this marketplace begins to configure their booths and demonstrations on the...

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