Office Communications Server 2007 R2 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers will see the software at a virtual launch event in Feburary. OCS 2007 R2 incorporates new tools that developers can use to embed communication features into business applications.

New application programmer interfaces and Visual Studio integration improves the efficiency of everyday business processes by enabling businesses to build communications-enabled applications and embed communications into business applications.

The release improves mobile device support. Your customers will see more PBX-like features that to improve productivity and cutting the cost burden of legacy PBX infrastructure.

SIP trunking, new in R2, and also an important part of Microsoft's ResponsePoint small business VoIP offering, enables companies to move to a standards-based infrastructure so your customers can connect OCS 2007 directly to the carrier network, reducing infrastructure costs at the gateway. SIP trunking could help spur OCS adoption in the midmarket and SMB segments.

OCS 2007 R2 will mark the general availability of OCS 2007 R2 on February 3 in a virtual launch event. At that time, Microsoft's volume licensing customers will be able to download the software.

Those interested can register to participate in the launch at http://www.microsoft.com/communicationsserver

Through deep integration with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Server and Office SharePoint Server, Office Communications Server delivers organizations the power of one: one infrastructure for enterprise communications and one cohesive user experience. Customers do not need to deploy and adopt dozens of different applications to make unified communications a reality. ISVs are adding features to applications, which integrate communications deep-ly to their applications.