A couple weeks ago Microsoft silently announced the availability of OCS 2007 R2. If you are following the communication space, this is a very significant release for Microsoft. I personally believe that Unified Communications is the next wave in telecommunications. It's as significant an invention as the Telephone itself. Come to think of it, not much has changed the way we communicate using a telephone. Apart from the form factor, and going wireless it still is a push and pull method of communicating. Apple proved from a consumer perspective that we are at a cusp of marrying software and telecommunications. I need not stress about what makes the iPhone, iPhone! People no longer want to just communicate but they want to be smart about it.
Microsoft Unified communications (UC) is doing just that - Marrying software and telco together! In doing so, it's opening a huge market for customizations and applications that best be known to all the developers out there. No one imagined, the iFart application or the iBeer application to be a best seller app...I bet with opening up the platform for UC and empowering developers across the world to write applications, enterprises will see a surge in applications that will make their employees more productive.
If you haven't already seen the Virtual Launch, take a peek.
Check out Microsoft’s first ever Virtual Product Launch for the release of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 at www.OCSR2LAUNCH.com. Here you will find all kinds of useful and exciting content such as the dynamic Keynote by Stephen Elop focusing on Microsoft’s vision and momentum in enterprise communications, with customer stories and product demonstrations. You can also:
· Discover the new product capabilities in the Product Discovery area.
· Visit the Breakout Sessions area to get a deeper understanding of the product.
· Watch customer stories in the Case Studies area to hear firsthand accounts of the momentum.
· Learn about our Sponsors in the Partner Pavilion and see the opportunities for your company.
· Download product, partner and case study collateral through an electronic Backpack.
· Sign up for a 5 Day Trial of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with no server installation
Take a sneak peek at some of the teaser videos on the web at: https://www.youtube.com/profile?user=OCSR2Launch&view=videos
And, if you want to try this service for free for five days: Sign up HERE! (You'll get a 30 day free trial with more functionality if you chose to...)
Get on the bandwagon before you see it...Microsoft UC is the next billion dollar business for Microsoft!