Microsoft Unified Communications Launch
So we've had a couple of really exciting days with the launch of our Unified Communications range of products.
We've had the big launch events happening in the US, with followup events happening all over the world. Bill Gates headlined the launch in San Francisco, if you missed it you can check out the video at 100K | 300K | 750K. Bill also released an executive email to customers which you can read at: Bill Gates’ executive email .
Also some a little older news about Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (August 2007), which puts Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant, which is defined as “The Leaders quadrant contains vendors selling comprehensive and integrated UC solutions that directly, or with well-defined partnerships, address the full range of market needs.”
Locally we've also published several Case Studies of companies using the new capabilities in Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange 2007. For more details on each of these Case Studies you can check out Oscar's post here... Australian case studies on Unified Communications.
Oscar and Mario have also been out there spreading the word, including a new article yesterday on iTWire here... Microsoft's unified communications blitz
With the launch event our partners have also started releasing hardware that is optimized for Office Communicator. For details of these partners check out the UC partner page on microsoft.com at http://www.microsoft.com/uc/partners_hardware.mspx. From here you'll get pointers to handsets and conferencing hardware like the kit provided by Polycom here... http://www.polycom.com/usa/en/products/voice/desktop/cx/cx.html