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Unified Communications Magazine November 2007
Volume 1 / Number 3
Unified Communications Magazine


Microsoft Unleashes Unified Communications Platform
The key message from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was that what is driving this initiative from Microsoft is the need to let people be more creative through software, not only through voice communication, but integrating that with video, messaging, and collaboration features. We're experiencing a software revolution, Gates said, building on what the communications industry has been espousing for some time now, that it's really about the applications and the software.


Broadvox Achieves Highest Interoperability Certification with Objectworld
Broadvox announced it has achieved the highest level of interoperability certification with Objectworld Communications. Beyond the standard telephony services, Broadvox's SIP Trunking solution will also interoperate seamlessly with the Objectworld Unified Communications Server to provide business continuity during a crisis; it also offers dynamic load balancing and unlimited geographical distribution eliminating or reducing the number of PRIs and branch office PBXs.


Siemens Brings Unified Communications to the SMB
Siemens Communications is extending Unified Communications solutions to the SMB with its new HiPath OpenOffice ME appliance, specifically designed to bring rich productivity enhancing features to businesses with between 20 and 150 employees. The OpenScape Office suite of UC applications means is that SMBs no longer need to be constrained by the limits of their existing phone and messaging platforms. Instead, the can enjoy the presence, mobility, and collaboration features being introduces in many larger enterprises.


Alcatel-Lucent and Sagem Add FoIP to Unified Communications Solution
Alcatel-Lucent and Sagem Communications have partnered to embed Sagem- Interstar's XMediusFAX into OmniTouch UC, Alcatel-Lucent's Unified Communications suite. The effort is directed specifically at those businesses that need to integrate fax capabilities into their IP Communications environment. With the new solution, users are able to send and receive faxes directly through their email client, making them not only easier to send and receive, but also to track and store, just like their normal emails.


Genesys Adds Key Telephony Capabilities to Microsoft OCS
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories announced that its Enterprise Telephony Server (GETS) will allow users of Microsoft OCS 2007 to leverage telephony-enabled presence and control, in combination with new or existing telephony systems, to deliver advanced services without replacing their infrastructure. The announcement is part of Genesys' continuous efforts to make it easier for enterprises to link the phone and the PC without taking a "rip and replace" approach to their existing infrastructure.


GN Rolls Out Headsets Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
GN launched its Jabra GN9350 OC and Jabra GN9330 USB OC, the first long-range wireless DECT headsets. The Jabra headsets offer full compatibility with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 with embedding wideband technology software integration and remote call control.


Quintum Tenors Deliver Plug and Play Unified Communications with MS
Quintum Technologies said its Tenor line of VoIP switches and gateways will provide interoperability with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The New Jersey-based company will offer a hybrid gateway that will provide a single box solution with an integrated Tenor gateway and Microsoft Mediation server, simplifying the interface with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The solution is designed to "easily integrate" an enterprise's existing voice and data network with Office Communications Server 2007 with "minimal effort and business downtime."


ApplianX Gateway for Microsoft OCS 2007
In a major endeavor in effecting significant savings in terms of cost, Aculab, a key contributor of enabling technology as well as appliances for the international communications market, revealed ApplianX Gateway for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Apart from providing valuable back up to an array of global protocols and being trouble-free to install and configure, ApplianX Gateway integrates the Mediation Server function of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The merger of these operations in a single ApplianX Gateway appreciably diminishes the entire cost as far as ownership is concerned.


LG-Nortel UC Devices Optimized for Microsoft OCS 2007
LG-Nortel has introduced the LG-Nortel IP Phone 8500 series UC devices customized for use with Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. "The launch of Office Communications Server 2007 brings the world exceptional unified communications capabilities, and our IP Phone 8500 family includes innovative end-user devices for accessing those capabilities with an ease of use that reflects LG-Nortel's mission of providing customers with a great communication experience anytime, and at any location."


Securent Addresses Security Needs of Microsoft UC Solution
Securent says its EMS solution will ensure the security of business communications on Microsoft's platform. In integrating with Microsoft, Securent is able to provide policy-based control and visibility in to OCS 2007-based communications, allowing security teams, compliance officials, admins, IT managers, and end users control over who and which devices are authorized to communicate on the platform.


Palm Supports New Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007
Palm has said Treo smartphones running Windows now support Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 in a bid to improve instant messaging and presence on the network. "Palm believes in Microsoft's vision for unified communications, and enabling people to find and collaborate with colleagues right from the Microsoft applications they already know and use."


Quest Software Supporting Microsoft Unified Communications Products
Quest Software announced it will release two new products in support of Microsoft's Unified Communications initiatives. Quest MessageStats Report Pack for OCS 2007 and Quest Password Manager will become part of Quest's Unified Communications product set.


Dialogic Rolls Out New Program at Microsoft Unified Communications Launch
Dialogic has rolled out an enhanced High Availability Media Gateway Service Program, which allows its service partners to bring their own support strengths to Dialogic's service and training offerings. "Because we have high confidence that Microsoft unified communications software will streamline communications for end users and increase operational efficiency, Dialogic is making a significant investment to meet the total needs of the system integration channel in support of the Microsoft Unified Communications Launch 2007."


TANDBERG Plans Interoperability with Microsoft OCS 2007
In a bid to bring its standard-based products to the center of the UC market, TANDBERG has announced plans to make its full line interoperable with the newly launched Microsoft Communications Server 2007. With the interoperability, it will be possible to launch high definition video communications right from the desktop - making it easier to incorporate the use of video communications for everyday business needs.


Dell Dives Into Unified Communications
Continuing to offer simplified IT solutions to customers, Dell is now taking a dive into Unified Communications, announcing it is offering customers a new solution to simplify the path to unified communications through products, partnerships and services. The new UC solution from Dell brings together communications options like email, fax, phone, video and the PC, and preintegrates them for a "business-ready" solution, so customers benefit from reduced complexity and improved productivity.


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