Running UCMA 2.0 applications on Lync Server 2010

While the most ideal scenario is to only run UCMA 3.0 applications with Lync Server 2010, for many of you this is simply not possible.  You may own an application that was written for UCMA 2.0 and you want to upgrade to Lync Server 2010, but the application has not yet been updated to UCMA…

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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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Integrating presence into your applications

I have seen a lot of questions lately asking how one can add presence to a communications application.  There are a number of ways to do this, but I don’t think we have done a great job explaining what they are. First, and perhaps what has confused people the most, there is currently no support…

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Outbound political calls

One thing that certainly was new to me this election year was the number of outbound calls we received for political campaigns.  They would generally start with “Hi I’m…”.  I really don’t know much more beyond that because by then I had hung up. In a short excerpt in the Seattle Times these robo calls are…

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Writing globalized speech applications part III - Strategies for determining the language

When creating a multilingual application, one thing that is often overlooked is how to determine what language the user speaks.  Most applications follow one of the following strategies. 1) The application already knows the language.  With this strategy, information already exists in the database stating what language the user prefers and that language is used…

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Writing globalized speech applications - Part II - Do I have to?

OK, so you have an application that will be deployed only for three counties in Northeastern Kansas and are quite sure that you will never need to worry about different date formats or languages?  Are you positively truly 100% sure about that?  What if your application is so successful that your boss wants to package…

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Writing globalized speech applications - part I introduction

For those of you who have attempted to write a speech application that works in different cultures and/or languages, you have probably noticed that this is not a straightforward thing to do.  While Speech Server supports applications that run in multiple languages, our tools do not always make this easy.  Another hurdle is that writing…

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