Updates to Office Live Meeting and the Outlook Conferencing Add-In

The July, 2010 updates to the Office Live Meeting client and the Outlook Conferencing Add-In are available.  This is in addition to the previously released July 2010 Updates to Communicator and OCS Server (Cumulative Update 6).

Office Live Meeting Window Client

Download the Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 client (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/download-the-microsoft-office-live-meeting-2007-client-HA010173383.aspx).  This update installed version 8.0.6362.190 from the [...]

A Common Culprit for Communicator Background Noise

A frequent nuisance on Communicator Conference and VoIP calls, is significant background noise from one or more participants.
Forget all the great technology around Acoustic Echo Cancellation, Automatic Gain Control, Noise Suppression, Forward Error Connection, RTPC metrics, and Mean Opinion Scores – many times Communicator just does not make a good default choice for which device [...]

Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 Update

There is a new (July 2010) update for Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2. KB article 969816 describes the issues that it fixes (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969816). The issues that this update addresses are below.
You can download the update here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=93062936-f216-4d97-aa13-105a20454322.
Note: Microsoft recommends that you uninstall all prior versions of Communicator Mobile before installing the new version.
Issues that this [...]

Communicator File Transfers Across a Firewall are Not Supported

I recently confirmed that transferring a file with the Communicator client across a firewall is not a supported feature in OCS 2007 R2.  This surprised me, and I see many others in the OCS forums have struggled with firewall ports in an attempt to get this working. Equally surprisingly is that this does not seem to be officially [...]

Key Microsoft Communications Server “14″ Announcements at TechEd 2010

As TechEd 2010 in New Orleans unfolds this week, I’ll be updating this blog entry with the big announcements and significant developments with the next major release of OCS – code named Microsoft Communications Server (MCS) “14″.  I’ll focus on new announcements (for previously released information on MCS “14″, see this blog entry: Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications [...]

How to Schedule a Communicator Conference with Communicator 2007 R2

There is a lot of functionality built into the Microsoft Office Live Meeting client, and frankly all that functionality can present a usability challenge for some users who are just trying to have a basic multi-party conference. For smaller meetings, and specifically where the primary need is an instant messaging, audio, or video conference, a [...]

April 2010 Updates for Communicator 2007 R2, Live Meeting, and OCS 2007 R2

Microsoft has released new cumulative updates for all the UC Clients and the OCS Server.


The April 2010 cumulative update for Communicator 2007 R2 can be found here:  Description of the cumulative update package for Communicator 2007 R2: April 2010

This update brings the Communicator version up to 3.5.6907.196 from the last update in January 2010 (3.5.6907.83).

It mostly addresses [...]

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications Server “14”

Microsoft officially released more details today on the next release of OCS (further to the previous post on OCS in 2010 – The UC 14 Wave). The details were made in a keynote presentation by Gurdeep Singh Pall (VP Communications Group, Microsoft) at VoiceCon 2010 in Orlando.

The next release is code named “Microsoft Communications Server 14” (notice [...]

BlackBerry Client for OCS 2007 R2 Update

April 4, 2011 Update:  BES 5.0 SP3 has been released which adds support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2. SeeBlackberry Support for OCS 2007 R2 and Lync is Now Available for more information.

A quick post regarding the availability of a native BlackBerry client that works with OCS 2007 R2.

A representative from RIM recently confirmed that a [...]

OCS Simulation & Sizing Tool

I recently took a look at the “Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Capacity Planning Tool”.  I was looking forward to taking a look at OCSStress.exe which is an OCS workload and user activity simulation tool (included as part of the capacity planning tool). Those with Microsoft Exchange backgrounds will remember it’s close cousins – LoadGenerator and LoadSim.

You can use it [...]