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  • Blog Post: New Office Communications Server and Office Communicator FAQ’s

    I’ve built a couple of developer focused FAQ’s to make it easier for developers to get started writing applications that leverage OCS and OC. You’ll find the one focused on OCS 2007 R2/OC 2007 R2 here . I’ve put together another one for Microsoft Communications Server “14” and Microsoft Communicator...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Developer FAQ

    Use this FAQ to help you get started with the OCS 2007 R2 and OC 2007 R2 development. Please ping me with any additions, comments or feedback! Q: What can I build? A: On the client side you can integrate OC 2007 R2 features into your client applications (presence, contact list and click-to-call...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications @ PDC09

    I love the PDC.  Before I joined Microsoft in 2000, I went to every PDC so I could evaluate the future of the Microsoft platform and integrate it into my development and architecture. Since I joined the company, I’ve attended every PDC to share what we’re doing at Microsoft with regards to the future...
  • Blog Post: How to save IM conversations using Office Communicator SDK

    Archiving the contents of an IM conversation using the Office Communicator SDK is something that I get asked about pretty routinely.  For example, let’s say that you want to launch an IM call from your application using the OC SDK and archive that conversation to be retrieved later (displaying all...
  • Blog Post: How to send IM text using Office Communicator SDK

    When starting call from your application using the Office Communicator Automation API, it’s often helpful to send some IM text to provide some context for the call (often using data from your application).  For example, Outlook 2007 does this when you start a conversation using the IM and Call features...
  • Blog Post: PDC09 registration open, Unified Communications Futures session posted

    Before I joined Microsoft back in 2000, if I could only attend one conference a year it would be the PDC.  The opportunity to get a firsthand look at the future of the Microsoft platform and provide feedback directly to the product teams just couldn’t be passed up.  Other conferences do a great...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2?

    A nice write up of the new OC Mobile 2007 R2 features, including: Joining OCS hosted conferences with one click. Making outbound calls via your work number. Windows Mobile 6.5 support. Check out the Office Communicator Just Got Better post on the Communicator Team Blog .
  • Blog Post: Announcing the OCS 2007 R2 Platform SDKs and New Exchange API…

    Today Chris Schindler and I presented a session at the PDC, BB09 – Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange 2007: Platform Futures.  This is the first time we’ve discussed the new R2 platform SDKs and the new Exchange Web Services Managed API outside of the beta program and the first time...
  • Blog Post: I’m here @ PDC08

    Flight was on time(ish).  Hotel is close to the convention center.  All my hardware got here in one piece (though there’s actually like 14 pieces).  I’ve been running through my demos and everything is looking good.*   Are you ready for the PDC?  Got sessions and HOLs picked...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Announced

    We announced the next version of OCS, dubbed Office Communications Server 2007 R2, at VoiceCon Amsterdam 2008 on Monday. OCS 2007 R2 /OC 2007 R2 and the R2 platform SDKs will be released in Feb 2009. I’ve been using OCS 2007 R2, OC 2007 R2 and developing using the R2 platform SDKs since the Alpha...
  • Blog Post: UC @ PDC

    The PDC (10/26-10/30 in LA) is all about the future of the Microsoft Platform. So it’s appropriate that we’re going to be showing the next generation of OCS 2007, OC 2007 and the UC Platform SDKs for the first time at the PDC. Learn: We’ve got a lot to show in our sessions if you look under the Unified...
  • Blog Post: Couldn't make it to TechEd? UC Platform Webcasts in June!

    I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to catch some webcasts I'm delivering here in the next couple of weeks. We're going to cover a lot of the UC dev basics and take a deeper dive on a couple of APIs. Details and registration at the links below: 6/17 - Building Software on the Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers 2008 is Packed with UC Development Content

    Everyone that touches the UC products and SDK is heads down getting ready for TechEd 2008. It's going to be awesome. First, we've great breakout sessions to show you how to build communications features into your apps, like IM, voice and video. We've also got Interactive Theatre sessions where we...
  • Blog Post: The Impact of UC in Software, A Healthcare Industry Example

    Since I got into the software industry, I've always been looking for technology that has the ability to fundamentally affect the way that people work on a daily basis. The UC platform is a great example of that postive change potential and it's a big reason why I do what I do at Microsoft. Watch this...
  • Blog Post: Something to add to your UC toolbox...

    While OCS 2007 is a third generation product (LCS 2003, LCS 2005 and now OCS 2007), it's not as commonly known in the industry as Exchange or SQL Server 2007. I get a lot of questions when I'm working with developers on how to setup and secure an OCS 2007 deployment. So, where do you get the necessary...
  • Blog Post: Cool OC 2007 Extensibility Blog Post...

    I generally like any post that starts with "While waiting for Lost to start..." and ends up with something cool, but I especially like this post since it show one of the easy ways that you can extend OC 2007 to include customer functionality. http://blogs.claritycon.com/blogs/kevin_marshall/archive...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications Launches on 10/16 in San Francisco!

    The Unified Communications Platform launched Wednesday, Oct. 16 th in San Francisco. That platform includes OCS 2007, OC 2007 and Exchange SP1. I attended the launch as a presenter, presenting a session on the platform SDKs for the IT Pro/IT management audience, as well spending time talking with attendees...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications Launch in San Fransisco, 10/16/2007

    The worldwide launch of our UC platform (Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007 and Unifed Messaging with Exchange) is next week. You can find details here . The day kicks off with a keynote by Jeff Raikes and Bill Gates followed by technical sessions in verious areas (configuration...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 Virtual Labs Now Available

    Check out this post from the UC team regarding some virtual labs you can use to try your hand at deploying OCS 2007, Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging, etc. http://blogs.technet.com/uc/archive/2007/07/21/new-microsoft-office-communications-server-2007-technet-virtual-labs.aspx Does three posts today...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007/OC 2007 RTM and Trial Versions Available for Download!

    After 3 years of incredibly hard work, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 have been sent to manufacturing! Congrats to the UC Product teams! OCS 2007 and OC 2007 were released to manufacturing last week and 180 day trial versions were just made available...
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