Lync 2010 Mobility Service and Documentation Available

Details posted on InsideLync: Lync 2010 Mobility Service and Documentation Available for more information.

Microsoft to Acquire Skype

June 30, 2011 Update: Office 365 To Get Skype Integration. It appears Microsoft will integrate Skype functionality into Office 365 voice and video conferencing:

June 17, 2011 Update: Microsoft Wins Antitrust Approval From FTC To Buy Skype:

This is not Microsoft OCS/Lync news per se, but in case you missed it, this morning Microsoft has entered into an agreement [...]

Integrating OCS 2007 R2 and Polycom Telepresence

A quick tip to anyone integrating the Polycom HDX 8000 video conferencing unit with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.
When you create the OCS 2007 R2 user to be used for the Polycom HDX 8000 (aka Conference Room User), a key requirement is that this OCS 2007 R2 user CANNOT be fully enabled for Enhanced Presence (by [...]

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 [...]

January 2010 Updates for Live Meeting and the Live Meeting Conferencing Add-In (64-bit Now Available)

The January 2010 updates are available the Office Live Meeting Console and the Live Meeting Outlook Conferencing Add-In. Thanks to Aaron Tiensivu for catching this recent update to the Office Live Meeting Console and the Outlook Conferencing Add-In.

The Live Meeting Outlook Conferencing Add-In update makes available a 64-bit version which works with the 64-bit version [...]

Office 2010 Beta Integration with Communicator R2 & the Live Meeting Add-In

January 18, 2010 Update:  the January 2010 updates for the Live Meeting Console and the Live Meeting Conferencing Add-In are available.  The Conferencing Add-In update contains a 64-bit version which integrates with the Office 2010 Beta.
January 13, 2010 Update: the recently released January 2010 update to the Communicator 2007 R2 client (version 3.5.6907.83) fixes some [...]

Customizing Live Meeting Integration with Communicator

If you are deploying Office Live Meeting along with Office Communicator, you might want to customize the integration with Communicator.  For example, you might want to customize the right-click menu item that appears in Communicator to start an OCS Live Meeting (e.g. “Share Information Using Live Meeting”) to better differentiate from the right-click menu option [...]

Enhanced Presence and Upgrading Office Communicator Clients

A quick but important reminder for those deployments upgrading their user clients from Office Communicator 2005 to Office Communicator 2007 or 2007 R2.

When an OCS user gets enabled for Enhanced Presence, either through the OCS management console or programmatically (through a script modifying AD directly or the WMI provider), Communicator 2005 users can still login.  [...]