Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Nari
Microsoft Microsoft's Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 have been released to manufacturing. Microsoft has not revealed a launch date for Office Communications Server and Office Communicator, other than to say that they will hit the shelves sometime this autumn.
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RE[2]: What it is
by VenomousGecko on Tue 31st Jul 2007 23:13 UTC in reply to "What it is"
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2005-07-06

Office Communication Server 2007 is a cool piece of technology, but there are a few gotchas. First, the core OCS installation provides IM, presence (away, idle, available, etc) as well as PC to PC voice. If you want to use VoIP, you most deploy a whole other piece of hardware (or virtualize) with another copy of W2K3 server to be a Mediation server (MS term). This mediation server converts RTAudio (MS proprietary codec) to the codec of a gateway used by companies such as Quintum and Audiocodes. Now you have 2 servers, and all you have provided is VoIP and IM. Another gotcha becomes apparent if you want to integrate with the outside IM world (yahoo, msn, aol). You need another server called and Edge server to bridge the private and public networks and to allow public IM network connectivity. I am only just scratching the surface, but as you can see, it can be an expensive solution. There are a lot of really slick features, but be prepared for a huge outlay of capital for clustering and licenses (don't forget Exchange if you want to have the voicemail show up in your mailbox ;) )

In a nutshell, MS is positioning this product to take over the phone system in your enterprise. You can put it in one piece at a time and use is concurrently with your PBX, but MS's real intention is to become the IP PBX of your office and to push you to what they call "Unified Communications"

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RE[3]: What it is
by Don T. Bothers on Wed 1st Aug 2007 00:46 in reply to "RE[2]: What it is"
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2006-03-15

"In a nutshell, MS is positioning this product to take over the phone system in your enterprise. You can put it in one piece at a time and use is concurrently with your PBX, but MS's real intention is to become the IP PBX of your office and to push you to what they call "Unified Communications""

You got it exactly right. At the moment, Office Communications Server 2007 is very limited because Microsoft has 0 marketshare so they are "integrating" with Nortel, Siemens, Avaya, etc. This will however change in future releases and Microsoft will slowly gain more and more functionality and slowly taking functionality away from the traditional phone vendors. As SIP (phones, trunks, etc.) gains popularity and enterprises become dependent on the integration Microsoft provides to their ERP, Office Suite, Exchange, OS, etc., these traditional PBX vendors will have no option but to watch their market slowly eaten away by Microsoft. They will not be able to pull out and they will see their core software application become meaningless. Sure, phones will always be around and these traditional vendors can still sell phones, but there will be no money in this. Just look at how AT&T is doing in regular home analog phonesets and you will get a rough idea on how well Avaya, Nortel, Siemens, Toshiba, NEC, etc. will be doing from selling SIP Phones. (To give you a hint, at the moment, they sell them from anywhere between $300 to $1000.00, when SIP takes off, they will be going for under $50.00.) I do not wish to get into the moral implications of this or whether to figure out if this is a good thing or a bad thing for the industry. My point is to clarify that this software is not aimed to be a niche product (like BizTalk, MOM, SMS.) On the contrary, it has the potential to change the entire industry, and if successful, will be as common as Exchange Server is throughout enterprises and throughout SMB.

Edited 2007-08-01 00:48

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