August is as always very quiet, also when it comes to news about Microsoft products. But being as curios about the next version of OCS, as you probably are, here’s what I got since my last post.
The release date seems to (unofficially) be December 2008. I have no doubt that there are strong forces inside Microsoft that wants this version out on the street this year, and with good reason. Many companies are adopting OCS, and are amazed with the features of Unified Communications from Microsoft, and are pushing forward to unified there communications solutions. The benefits are real, both in supporting the information worker, and in user productivity.
Other UC solutions from more traditional VoIP manufactures, seems the lack in functionality and user experience when they are compared to Microsoft UC, on all front except the basic phone system functionality, where MS UC still cannot stand alone.
This will certainly be addressed in the upcoming version of OCS, the Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
So what’s next…
I have blogged about the features of R2 for the last couple of months, and still its only my best guesses, next I would be thrilled to see it in action. As a commentator wrote on this blog, its more likely to be a “new build” than just an update package, like we saw with Windows Server 2003 R2. Alone based on the rumor that R2 is going 64-bit only, we can conclude that we need to setup new servers.
Earlier I posted about the TAP program for OCS 2007 R2, and it is live for a few selected customers. Whether there are going to be a public or closed beta program is not certain yet, but I will surely keep you updated on this.
Stay tuned for more updates (http://it-proknowledge.blogspot.com/search/label/OCS%202007%20R2)