Bekker's Blog

Blog archive

Microsoft's Unified Communications Blowout

Tuesday was the huge Microsoft Unified Communications blowout in San Francisco. If you're looking for a solid overview of the products and technologies involved, surf on over to Keith Ward's comprehensive news story here.

My overriding impression from the festivities? I look at the software stack Microsoft is putting forward for these solutions, and I can see why the channel has been eager for Microsoft to get into unified communications.

Microsoft is vowing that customers will cut their costs for VoIP in half with its solution. Research that Microsoft commissioned from Forrester claims customers will get a 500 percent return on investment over three years. What I see is a huge systems integration job, pulling together Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, a service pack for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and connectors to PBXs or advice on removing PBXs, as well as new phones and possibly Microsoft Office Live Meeting or Microsoft RoundTable.

Getting the voice expertise right will be a challenge for partners coming from the software and systems side of the equation. It's a topic that Lee Pender will explore in next month's Redmond Channel Partner magazine print issue. But it looks like it'll be well worth the try.

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 17, 2007 at 11:57 AM


  • Broadcom Acquiring VMware in Third Largest Tech Deal in History

    Confirming reports that surfaced this weekend, semiconductor company Broadcom announced on Thursday that it was acquiring virtualization pioneer VMware for $61 billion.

  • Microsoft Build 2022 Keynote: AI and Cloud Take Center Stage

    Microsoft's role as builder of platforms for organizations was the theme of Tuesday's Build keynote by CEO Satya Nadella.

  • The 2022 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    Microsoft has a lot in the docket for 2022, including new products like SQL Server 2022, Exchange Subscription Edition and Visual Studio 2022 for Mac.

  • 2022 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.