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By SuperUser Account on 11/17/2010 11:34 AM
Microsoft Lync puts people at the center of communications, connecting in new ways, across the PC, phone and browser.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 17, 2010 — Three years ago, the introduction of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) changed the way people stay connected. An individual’s identity and presence became the center of business communication, thanks to the integration of unified communications across e-mail, voice, instant messaging, audio- and videoconference tasks — and even desktop sharing. People could choose how to manage their conversations, redirect calls, set their level of availability, and decide how and when they could be reached.

A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
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In 2006, Bill Gates talked about the magic of software being poised to help people manage communications amid the rush of business life, often filled with an unrelenting combination of conference calls, e-mails, faxes, voice mail messages, business trips, in-person meetings and instant messages.

Microsoft knew the time had come for a communications platform that could help people navigate through all types of communication with colleagues, partners and customers — to get work done faster and with less frustration.

Office Communications Server has been one of the fastest growing solutions at Microsoft, experiencing double-digit growth over the past three years. Fortune 500 companies, top pharmaceutical firms, successful financial institutions and large communications providers have chosen Microsoft’s unified communications platform to set their business up for success.

By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 3:31 PM

 

Cloud computing is to business what the pocket calculator was to education back in the 1980s.  I’ve already  told you how I was addicted to the Cloud , and your now probably hearing about it daily.  So why should you be interested in this new buzz word.  Well, there are a couple reasons your ears should perk up when you here news about The Cloud, especially when it involves the Microsoft products your company has become dependent upon over the years like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Dynamics.

  1. Cost – costs usually include little to no up-front costs, and monthly per user costs moving forward.  This allows you to convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure which can lower the barrier to entry into new products and services.
  2. Freedom – your team can more easily access systems remotely and from multiple devices such as Mobile devices
  3. Reliability – cloud computing is ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  4. Scalability – you get “on-demand” provisioning of resources on a self-serve basis in realtime.
  5. Maintenance - cloud computing application maintenance is done for you by the host, and changes and updates apply to all users independent of location.
By SuperUser Account on 9/14/2010 8:14 AM
 
 
More than 30 partners announce beta versions for Microsoft Lync-compatible hardware, software and service products.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release candidate of Microsoft Lync, the next generation of Microsoft’s unified communications software that enables people to connect in new ways, anytime, anywhere. Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Communications Server, Communications Online and Communicator, and it also now includes Lync Web App, and Lync Online. The release candidates of Lync 2010 and Lync Server 2010 are now available for businesses of all sizes to try for free. They can be downloaded athttp://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ff808407.aspx. This broad release candidate is the last step toward release to manufacturing and general availability scheduled for later this year.

“Over the past five years we have been on a journey to transform communications with the power of software,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Unified Communications at Microsoft. “Lync delivers on this vision by unifying enterprise voice, instant messaging and web-, audio- and videoconferencing into a new, connected communications experience.”

Microsoft Lync can make every engagement a virtual face-to-face meeting, because any interaction can include video and audio conferencing, application and desktop sharing, instant messaging, and telephony. Lync has been designed from the ground up to work with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange, which helps reduce end-user adoption hurdles and increase return on investment. People can also stay connected to others on a wide range of devices while away from the office and manage their communications and calls in new ways, such as easily moving a call from a PC to a mobile device while leaving the office without disrupting the conversation.

More than 120 enterprise customers and partners are enrolled in the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Lync, testing early releases and providing feedback, and over 400 unified communications partners are involved in readiness activities, preparing for general availability of the software later this year.

In addition, today more than 30 partners announced beta versions of their Lync-compatible hardware, software and service products. Hardware products include a variety of Internet protocol phones and USB endpoints optimized for Lync. Software solutions include contact centers, call recording, accounting and new applications that incorporate communications right within business processes. Routing services work with Lync to allow companies to meet United States E-911 requirements for all U.S.-based workers, regardless of location.

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By SuperUser Account on 8/9/2010 9:30 AM

Polycom Expands Relationship to Include Unique, Natively Integrated Polycom Solutions and Coordinated Go-to-Market Initiatives for Microsoft Unified Communications

 

 

PLEASANTON, CA, Aug 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Polycom, Inc.(PLCM 30.24+0.24+0.80%) has signed a multi-year, strategic global agreement with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT 25.52-0.03-0.12%) to deliver integrated end-to-end unified communications (UC) and to improve customers' business productivity. Under the agreement, Polycom plans to develop and market standards-based UC solutions that span the enterprise, small-to-medium business, and government markets, that will encompass software, hardware, networking and services, and will enable customers to improve business productivity and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs.

Polycom and Microsoft share a vision for business productivity solutions built on standards-based platforms that work with the tools and applications people know and use today. The companies' strategic agreement is a major step towards streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices. 

Featured Microsoft Partners

 

Altico Advisors! 
Office Location:  Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Type:  Reseller
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Software Development, Professional Services, Medical Device


Altico Advisors implements & supports business & financial management solutions for mid-market firms throughout New England, New York & New Jersey. Altico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Dynamics GP systems for manufacturers, distributors, software development companies, professional services organizations, and the medical device sector.

 

 

Accountnet 
Office Location:  New York, New York, United States
Type:  Systems Integrator,Reseller,Training Firm,System Builder,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  Non Profits, Healthcare, Finance, Business Services


Accountnet is a Microsoft Cloud Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains Software) and Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon Software) solution provider. Management Reporter and Forecaster experts. Accountnet works with ISV's and other Web based products.

 

 

FuseExpertise 
Office Location:  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Corporations, Associations, Institutions, Goverment, Education


FuseExpertise is a division of FuseTalk Inc. a leading provider of discussion forums, blogging tools, wikis and collaboration solutions. FuseExpertise is Expertise Management Software™. It leverages many of the capabilities of FuseTalk and provides powerful, patent and patent pending traits that make FuseExpertise 'business essential’ Collaborative Business Improvement Software™. Coupled with subject matter expert content, FuseExpertise can greatly leverage employees, managers, consultants, authors and publishers - anyone and any organization that has or needs expertise.

 

 

BCG Systems, Inc. 
Office Location:  Akron, Ohio, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Professional Services, Government, Healthcare


BCG Systems, Inc. is a well established Microsoft Partner. We workp with clients across Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Western PA, Western Carolina’s, Alabama and Kentucky. BCG is founded on being a trusted advisor and providing complete integrated business solutions that apply sensible technology to eli

 

 

NCC Data 
Office Location:  Addison, Texas, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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