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 iPhone will be available within the next year.

With mobile device usage (including phones) becoming the de-facto communication device, extending the reach of Office Communications Server 2007 to information users on their mobile devices is powerful.

Below I summarize the available options for many popular devices.

Blackberry

If you are running a Blackberry Device with software v4.1 or higher, and BES Server v4.1 with Service Pack 6 or higher, a BlackBerry Client for use with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 is available here: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/server/exchange/ocs2007.jsp.

I have been told that the older Blackberry client (for LCS) still works against OCS 2007.

Also, for a good write-up on how to install and configure your BES server to support OCS on your Blackberry read this Joachim Farla’s blog post.

Microsoft Windows Mobile or Java Enabled Phone

In addition to the specific information below, Microsoft has recently (May 2009) made available an easy-to-remember website to dowload the appropriate version of Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile for a Pocket PC, SmartPhone, or Java Enabled Phone: http://getcomo.com.

Pocket PC or SmartPhone Running Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0

A version of Communicator Mobile running against an OCS 2007 server can be found here.

A version of Communicator Mobile running against an OCS 2007 R2 server can be found here.

Java Based Phones (Nokia S40/S60 series and Motorola RAZR v3 Devices)

Microsoft makes a version of Office Communicator Mobile R2 available that is optimized for Java. There are different versions available depending on your phone (listed below). OCS 2007 R2 must be running on the backend.

a) Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 for Java (Nokia S60 320X240 resolution)

- Supported Phone Models: E51, E66, N95;   Supported Telecom Network: Vodafone and Orange networks in Europe, Airtel and Vodafone networks in India.

b) Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 for Java (Nokia S60 240X320 resolution)

- Supported Phone Models: E51, E66, N95;  Supported Telecom Network: Vodafone and Orange networks in Europe, Airtel and Vodafone networks in India.

c) Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 for Java (Nokia S40)

- Supported Telecom Networks: Vodafone and Orange networks in Europe, Airtel and Vodafone networks in India;   Supported Phone Models: Nokia S40 – 5th edition phones including: 3120 Classic, 3600 Slide, 5220 XpressMusic , 5310 XpressMusic , 5610 XpressMusic, 6212 Classic, 6300i, 6301, 6500 Classic, 6500 Slide, 6600 Fold, 6600 Slide, 7210 Super Nova, 7310 Super Nova, 7510 Super Nova, 7610 Super Nova, 7900 Prism and 8800 Arte

d) Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 for Java (Motorola Razr V3xx – U.S.)

- Supported Telecom Network: AT&T (US);  Supported Phone Models: Motorola RAZR V3xx

Additional Information about the Java Client

Microsoft Office Communicator for Java Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile for Java Getting Started Guide

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile for Java Testing and Troubleshooting Guide

Other Devices

For all other devices with decent Internet access and a browser, if the OCS 2007 deployment you are connecting to has deployed Communicator Web Access, you can try using the Communicator Web Client. Ask your IT services department for the Web Address (URL) and give it a try.  I would be interested in hearing feedback from anyone who have tried this on an Apple iPhone.

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14 comments to Mobile Options for OCS and Communicator

  • Prateek salecha

    Can any one tell me what is CMA server URL for communicator,my device is nokia N8 and service provider is Bharti Airtel.

    Awaiting Revert
    Prateek Salecha

  • Langley

    Use FUZE Meeting or FUZE messenger for using Microsoft communicator from the App Store for Free…

  • Tim

    Does anyone know anybody who can do all the installation and intial setup of microsoft office communicator R2 in india?

  • Brian Hansen

    Why are there a free Microsoft Messenger Client for iPhones and no client for us paying users of Microsoft OCS?

    Br
    Brian

  • John J

    Looks great! Would love to see this on Android also.

  • iPhone OCS Apphttp://www.modalitysystems.com/idialog/

  • Derek

    Yes when will we see iphone support for these MS clients? I would have though with Apple buying the exchange activesync rights there would be more cross support then we have seen. The Iphone is gaining to much ground to be ignored.. Come on MS!!!

  • mrwallis

    We would *really* appreciate an iPhone client, ideally as a proper App rather than using CWA and/or Safari as the sign-in process is painful and window management in the browser is akward. The current CWA won’t scroll on iPhone so I can only see the top of the interface.

  • Marquee

    Just tried on iPhone 3G S Safari and it hanged when I was looking for a contact. Our company has over 400 contacts listed.

  • Good feedback – thanks. The number of Communicator iPhone users seems to be growing.

  • Jc

    I happened to be testing the other day and oddly enough
    if you create a meet now in cwa on the desktop and
    mail the URL to a user and the user opens the
    link on the iPhone the iPhone user can join and send/receive
    messages. And viewing a desktop share sort of worked

  • John Lamb

    Hi Curtis,

    Thanks for a great post.

    You asked for feedback on iPhone: Starting with the iPhone 2.0 software, CWA 2007 and CWA 2007 R2 do not work properly. You can use the Safari broswer on the iPhone to sign-in to CWA and see your contact list, but sending an IM fails to launch a new browser window (even with the “allow pop-ups” option enabled in Safari).

    We have not yet been able to test on the upcoming iPhone 3.0 (currently beta) OS.

    Using CWA from Safari on a Windows or Mac OSX machine works fine.

    -John

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