Friday, April 23, 2010

Office 2010 RTM now available at TechNet Subscriber Downloads

Just a quick notice, I just reinstalled my X301 yesterday (Due to SSD slowdown) and was planning on using OWA until the RTM release of Office 2010 (I have enough Beta software on my machine as it is).

Turns out that I didn’t have to wait that long ;-)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

OCS Voice in the “Cloud” for dedicated customers in US

Interesting bit of news from Microsoft Online included in the post Expanded Global Availability. SIP trunking is now supported but only for customers in US

US-based BPOS Dedicated customers can now enjoy a more complete unified communications (UC) experience in the cloud with Office Communications Online. Optimized for highly mobile information workers, the new voice capabilities enable people to make and receive phone calls anywhere using their PC and any broadband connection. The new service helps people be more productive by providing a simple UC experience, the ability to reach the right person at the right time, and improved mobility. BPOS-D can reduce the load on customers’ existing PBX (private branch exchange) investments by moving some workers onto a cloud based solution, but is not intended to replace all PBX functionality at this time.

Initially, the new voice service is offered in the US only, and it is important to note that connectivity from a qualified SIP (session initiation protocol) trunking provider is required for customers to connect to the PSTN (public switched telephone network). Currently, these services are available from Global Crossing (

We look forward to this for all non-dedicated customers and also in Europe (But we probably shouldn’t be holding our breath while waiting ;-)

Friday, April 16, 2010

OCS 2007 R2 CU 5 RTW’ed

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 5 has been released to the web (At least the downloads – KB links may not be ready yet).





Office Communications Server 2007 R2



MS download

Office Communication Server 2007 R2 Database upgrade



MS download

Attendant Console 2007 R2



MS download

Office Communicator 2007 R2



MS download

Office Communicator Phone Edition 2007 R2



MS download

As always look for the ServerUpdateInstaller.exe for easy installation on your OCS servers (But do remember to read all the related KB articles for any additional information regarding the updates – e.g. the Response Group KB has a gotcha regarding SPN’s).

The update includes some interesting changes to UCMA that starts to provide support for DNS load balancing, inband fax tone detection, retrieval of additional diversion header information etc. for Exchange 2010 UM.

According to Microsoft there will be additional release of updates for Group Chat and all the updates will be available through Microsoft Update the fourth Tuesday of April.

Happy updating.