We have a new name!

For those of you who haven’t seen a blog from me in over a year, you may be happy to hear the following information. I am alive and well, with this post serving as evidence of the former. We have a new name for our product – Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Those who have followed…

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Office Communications Server Resource Kit ships

OK, this may be old news to many of you out there, but the Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit just shipped.  I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet but you can be sure I will.  I hope to receive a free copy of it at an internal event next month, at…

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How to track down the WMI error in OCS

There are some product architectures created here at Microsoft that I am marvelled at with their simplicity, ease of use, and power.  Unfortunately, I do not find WMI to be one of those architectures.  With hope, some day we will have a sane replacement for WMI but in the meantime we still need to deal…

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Doing good things while working at MS

Working at Microsoft is really interesting in that I often see my work being used throughout the world.  It was nice seeing the press about the Unified Communications launch, knowing that I helped participate.  Executives here like to mention that we are changing the world and affecting people’s daily lives – but the truth is…

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Thoughts on testing speech applications

Personally, I feel one area that we did not address overly well in Speech Server is allowing developers to test their speech applications.  Granted, this seems to be missing from many platforms these days but I think in the case of speech applications this is especially important because they can be tricky to test. First,…

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UCMA ships!

UCMA has finally shipped!  For those of you who would like to download it, the full download is at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b30306e4-7dc1-44d2-9a68-9b4a6fc5c2df If you would like to see a webcast about UCMA, see the following. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032343097&CountryCode=US  Perhaps even nicer, the documentation for UCMA is also now on MSDN at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb759538.aspx   UCMA allows you to create signaling applications…

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Unified Communications Client API shipped!

I just received an e-mail that the Unified Communications Client API has just shipped and is now available externally at  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82c468da-3294-4ca9-bbcc-d455cfd06af2&displaylang=en This API has two acronyms – UCCA and UCCP.  I have been calling it UCCA since I was instructed to by marketing (and the page above seems to confirm that acronym) but everywhere here…

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Some common UCMA questions

Every once in awhile (though somewhat more commonly now) I receive an e-mail or IM asking a question on the UCMA API.  I decided to post the answers to some of the most common questions. Where can I download UCMA? – The release candidate is at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b30306e4-7dc1-44d2-9a68-9b4a6fc5c2df&DisplayLang=en I cannot find any documentation for UCMA? -…

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Connection managers and endpoint types in UCMA

I have a sneaking suspicion that many of you who use UCMA do not truly know when one should use SipPeerToPeerEndpoint vs SipEndpoint and when one should use RealTimeClientConnectionManager vs one of the RealTimeServerConnectionManagers.  In this post I will try to clear up some of the confusion here. In general, to decide which of these…

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What it's like so far on the OCS core team

Some time ago I wrote about how I moved from the Speech Server team to the OCS core team.  Now that I have been on the team for some time, I thought I’d give random thoughts about my perceptions thus far to those on the outside. First, it is a much larger team in several…

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