Deciding Which Clients to Deploy
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 will reach end of support on January 9, 2018. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 supports several types of client software for your organization’s users, including computer-installed client software, Web-based clients, and mobile devices:
Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 is the primary client software for Office Communications Server 2007 R2. It provides presence, contact management, instant messaging (IM), conferencing, and telephony features.
Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access is a Web-based client that provides Office Communications Server 2007 R2 services to users without requiring local installation of client software. For details, see Computer-Based Access in the Planning and Architecture documentation.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat enables users to engage in persistent, ongoing IM conversations and to access channel content, including files, links, and text.
Microsoft Office Live Meeting Client is a data collaboration and audio/video (A/V) client for both Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and the hosted Microsoft Live Meeting service.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant is an integrated call management application that enables a user (for example, a receptionist or an administrative assistant) to manage multiple conversations at once through rapid call handling, IM, and on-screen routing.
Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile provides IM, enhanced presence, and telephony for users in your organization who are connecting from a smartphone or Windows Professional mobile device. For details, see Mobile Access in the Planning and Architecture documentation.
Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition is a USB-attached intelligent Internet Protocol (IP) phone that supports placing and receiving calls, enhanced presence, and client audio capabilities for Web conferences.
Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook is an Outlook conference scheduling client for Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
During your planning phase, use the information in this section to determine which clients to deploy and how to approach your deployment strategy. Then review the client deployment documentation for each client to determine any considerations that might affect your deployment plan. Client deployment documentation includes the following: