Not Attending In-person? Watch Tech∙Ed Europe Online

In Events, Microsoft, Technology on November 3, 2010 at 1:12 am


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Bookmark the link ( and watch the event live!

  • Watch the Tech∙Ed Europe keynote online at 16:00-17:30 local time (GMT +1) on 8-Nov.
  • The TechNet Edge team will be broadcasting live from the Expo Hall starting at 9:30 local time (GMT +1) on 9-Nov.  Detailed schedule and guest list to be posted on TechNet Edge.
  • Bookmark the link to the Flickr stream and see the latest photos from the event.

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Get the latest IT Pro content and interviews on TechNet Edge. The Edge team will be broadcasting live from the event!

What’s new with Microsoft Lync 2010?

In Microsoft, Technology on November 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Microsoft Lync 2010 is the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator.  Office Communications Server 2007 introduced Communicator and a totally new experience for enterprise IM, presence and conferencing built into the Office applications people use every day. OCS 2007 R2, added on premise audio conferencing that was easy to manage, saved customers money, added core enterprise telephony features, and better supported collaboration through richer online meetings and ad hoc conversations via Communicator. 

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 now delivers complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a single, easy-to-use interface that is consistent across PC, browser, and mobile device. Administrators benefit from a single, consistent management infrastructure, new capabilities to increase availability, and interoperability with existing systems.

Unified Experience

  • Get easy access to presence, instant messaging, voice, and audio, video, and Web conferencing—all from the new Microsoft Lync 2010.
  • Use one set of contacts across Microsoft Lync 2010 and Office applications.
  • Communicate with context from within the applications you use most, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Deliver access to presence, instant messaging, and other capabilities for workers on the go via PCs, browsers, and mobile phones.

Connect and Collaborate

  • Find the right people, make connections, and communicate more effectively with new rich presence features including pictures and location.
  • Leverage internal expertise more effectively with Microsoft SharePoint-based Skill Search.

Simple, Essential, Reliable Conferencing

  • Collaborate more effectively with built-in desktop and application sharing, PowerPoint upload, and rich white boarding, including the ability to copy and paste images and other content.
  • Schedule and join meetings with a single click in Microsoft Outlook or the meeting reminder.
  • Place attendees in a virtual lobby for greater security and control over who can attend.

Complete Enterprise Voice Features

  • Delight your users with the features they need, a wide range of IP and USB devices, and the ability to work in the office, at home, or on the road.
  • Architect your deployment for high availability using data center resiliency and survivable branch appliances.
  • Manage bandwidth utilization and increase Quality of Experience with Call Admission Control, QoS markings, and an adaptive media stack that works well even on unmanaged networks like the Internet.
  • Meet North American regulatory requirements with flexible Enhanced 9-1-1 capability.

Powerful Deployment and Management Tools

  • Work with a PowerShell-based foundation for administration consistent with Exchange Server, Active Directory, and other Microsoft server products.
  • Get consolidated management tasks in one location with dramatically improved navigation through the new Silverlight-based, scenario -driven unified graphical management tool.
  • Improve security and administrative productivity with Role-based Access Control (RBAC) with built-in and customer-defined roles.
  • Get support for server virtualization of most OCS roles.


  • Easily embed Microsoft Lync UI elements in your applications, build your own client experience in .NET with open and documented APIs, and enhance contextual collaboration by launching applications right from Microsoft Lync.
  • Get platform support for sophisticated contact center and help desk scenarios, enable access to all UC-enabled services from any phone, and deliver state-of-the-art speech technology in 26 languages.
  • Significantly simplify deployment, operations, and interoperability with added features that improve provisioning, load-balancing, fail-over, and draining.

Microsoft has also planned a worldwide launch event on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  To access the launch event, visit to watch live demos of the final product, see examples from the more than 100 new Lync certified devices and hear from customers who have deployed early releases of Lync 2010.

Upcoming SharePoint Digital Marketing Webcasts

In Technology on September 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Date: 9/14/10 | Time: 1 pm PST
Title: Search Your Way to Success:  Leveraging SharePoint’s Search Capabilities in Public Web Sites
Partner: Ironworks Consulting

Learning Objectives & Key Takeaways: Objective 1: Understand the key principles of enterprise search. Objective 2: Understand the evolution of search within SharePoint (2007 to 2010). Objective 3: Learn how to optimize search for SharePoint sites. Summary: The enterprise search capabilities built in to SharePoint provide an easy win for organizations seeking to achieve a quick return on their SharePoint investment. This technical deep dive will include a discussion of search configuration best practices, strategies for maximizing SharePoint’s capabilities, and simple customizations that can take your search experience to the next level. Special Offer from Ironworks: Ironworks has free certified consulting days set aside for attendees of this webinar.  Reach out to Ironworks ( to find out what consulting help you may qualify for at no cost to you. About Ironworks Consulting Ironworks is a management, IT and web consulting firm with one mission – never fail a client.  Ironworks offers expertise to clients nationwide in the practice areas of Strategy and Program Management, Business Process Improvement, User Experience, Content Management, Portal Solutions, Enterprise Search, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Business Intelligence.  Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Ironworks also operates from offices in Tysons Corner, Va., Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., and Minneapolis, Minn.  For more information, visit


Date: 9/21/10 | Time: 1 pm PST
Title: Engaging Users with Content-Driven Web Sites Powered by SharePoint and FAST
Partner:  PointBridge

Content: it’s what attracts visitors to your web site and, more importantly, it’s what keeps them coming back. In this webinar, we’ll see how technologies from Microsoft enable an organization to easily publish information to the web and then allow visitors to interact with the content on their sites. Specifically, we’ll cover: (1) Content management and publishing processes, (2) More than just pages: rich content in SharePoint, (3) Creating search experiences that users love, (4) Pushing content to users dynamically: using search in new way. This webinar will showcase the new capabilities of SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search for SharePoint to act as powerful engines for powering Internet growth.



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