Webcam's, Headset's, and Handset's Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator

Choosing the right end user devices for your OCS roll-out is important and not easy considering all the choices in the market.

If you are going through this process, the following Microsoft TechNet resource is a good start: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ocs/bb970310.aspx. It lists all the webcam’s, headset’s, handset’s, speakerphones and desktop phones that have the Optimized for Microsoft [...]

Office Communicator 2007 and Outlook 2007 Integration Errors

March 2013 Update: a good Microsoft resource I recently discovered: Resolve Exchange Free/Busy and Communicator Presence Issues.

Further to my previous posting on Office Communicator 2007 and Outlook 2007 Integration Errors, after recently trouble-shooting this problem, I have provided a check-list of all the situations I am aware of that can cause this error, and what to [...]

Official Support for OCS 2007 R2 Virtualization

In case you missed it, the Microsoft OCS Team recently announced official support for running some of the OCS 2007 R2 server roles on a virtual machine.  In a nutshell, virtualization is supported for the OCS 2007 R2 server roles that do NOT provide real-time media functionality (e.g. Voice and Video). This boils down to [...]

Mobile Options for OCS and Communicator

December 9, 2011 Update: The server-side bits for the new Lync mobility functionality are available. See Lync 2010 Mobility Service and Documentation Available. The Lync clients for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Mobile 7 will be released shortly.

November 17, 2010 Update:  Microsoft announced at the Lync Launch event that a Lync client for the [...]

Flavors of Hosted OCS

Offering software as a service (aka SaaS, “in the cloud”, or “Software+Services” as Microsoft calls it) has started to gain real traction, and the benefits and potential issues are well documented (i.e. lower initial and on-going costs, and a pay-as-you-go subscription based cost model).

In the last few years, several options have been made available for [...]