Microsoft Announced Office Communication Server Release 2

Microsoft unveiled Office Communication Server Release 2 which is still in Beta testing. This is an update of Office Communication Server 2007. The new software combines instant messaging, e-mail, conferencing, team collaboration, and voice calling into a single client-server platform and will be available by February.

The key features of the software are:

  • Dial-in audioconferencing: Office Communications Server 2007 R2
    offers feature  with an on-premise audioconferencing bridge that is managed by IT as part of the overall communications infrastructure.
  • Desktop Sharing: Users can share their desktop to carry out audio communication and collaborate with other users on PC, Linux or Mac platform.
  • Group Chat: This enables teams from different location to collaborate with each other by participating discussions. This application provides users with a list of all available chat rooms and topics, archives discussions from time to time in an XML file format that meets compliance regulations,
  • Mobility and single-number reach: This extends Microsoft Office
    Communicator Mobile functionality to Nokia S40, Motorola RAZR, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile platforms, allowing users to communicate using IM and voice as an extension of their PBX.
  • New Developer Tools: Developers will be able to build Communication based applications by integrating APIs and Visual Studio.
  • Session Initiation Protocol trunking: This feature enables
    businesses to reduce costs by setting up a direct VoIP connection between an Internet telephony service provider and Office Communicator 2007.

“As a global company with employees dispersed in various time zones and geographic locations, Royal Dutch Shell has benefitted from Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 with improved communications and more flexibility for our employees,” said Johan Krebbers, group IT architect, Royal Dutch Shell. “Today Royal Dutch Shell has over 5,000 employees who frequently travel and use Office Communications Server 2007 as their primary voice solution.”

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