Includes communicator client that works with Microsoft Office, SharePoint Server and Exchange
Microsoft has unveiled a new version of unified communications software, code-named Communications Server 14 that includes enterprise telephony, a communicator client that works with Microsoft Office, SharePoint Server and Exchange, and a platform that allows customers to embed communications in applications.
The Communications Server “14,” which is expected to be available in the second half of 2010, will allow customers to use instant messaging, presence and other capabilities of the software both on-premises and in the cloud with Microsoft Office Communications Online.
Microsoft said that the new version of office communications server allows users to initiate collaboration; and bring together the content, resources and people needed to work together.
Earlier this week, 12 Microsoft partners have also unveiled new products and services that enhance Communications Server 14. These include low-cost internet protocol (IP) phones, branch office survivability offerings, call accounting software, and enhanced 911 services that augment Microsoft’s enterprise telephony offering.
Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of office communications group at Microsoft, said: “With software at the centre, innovation in this industry has accelerated, leading to the introduction of new capabilities that leapfrog traditional hardware-bound communications systems.
Customers and partners have flocked to Office Communications Server since its introduction in October 2007, because businesses are quickly seeing cost savings and productivity gains.”