Six free downloads for Lync

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.06.2011 at 06:43

Microsoft has launched six free downloadable add-ons for Lync Server. As per the UC Group Team Blog, the new add-ons are:

    • Tabbed Conversations (My favourite!)- Tabbed Conversations provides a tabbed conversation window to allow multiple instant messaging (IM) conversations in a single window.


  • IM an Expert – IM an Expert is a social networking tool that helps the people in your organization who have questions find the people in your organization who have answers. IM an Expert parses the question to determine the topic area, finds topic area experts in its user-populated expert database, and forwards the question. A willing expert responds to the initial question and follow-up questions using Lync.
  • Conversations Analyzer – Conversations Analyzer is an application that reviews your Lync instant messaging (IM) conversation history and gives you scores for your use of trust-building language in day-to-day communications with business associates and friends. Conversations Analyzer applies trust rules to determine the occurrence of words and phrases that have a positive or negative effect on trust.
  • Conversation Translator – Conversation Translator provides a real-time language translation service for Lync instant messaging (IM) conversations in up to 35 different languages. With Conversation Translator, both the sender and receiver can converse in their native language and Conversation Translator handles the translation.


  • Information Dashboard – Information Dashboard helps you start a conversation with a remote contact by providing current information about the contact’s location. For example, if you are calling a coworker or a client in Shanghai, China, you can open Information Dashboard and enter the location of Shanghai before making the call. Information Dashboard will return the day, date, time, whether you’re calling during regular working hours, the weather forecast, and a news feed of articles related to the location. Lync also saves these settings are for your contact, so it’s easy to access the same information the next time you talk.


  • Group Chat Stress Tool – You can use the Group Chat Stress Tool to help verify your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat hardware deployment.

Microsoft Maren

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.07.2009 at 11:55

maren-logo[1] You can now type real Arabic through English, even if you do not have an Arabic keyboard or if you are unfamiliar with one.

Check out Microsoft Maren, a free download for you, from Microsoft Egypt.


SharePoint Designer 2007 – now FREE of cost!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.04.2009 at 23:29

SharePointDesigner2007 Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is now available for download free of cost. Watch this video for more information.

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the powerful tools you need to deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools on the SharePoint platform, all in an IT-managed environment.

Until recently, this was a licensed product, not included in the standard Office 2007 suite.

Free training on Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.08.2008 at 07:39

A free e-learning course is now available on the Microsoft Learning portal for those interested in learning about Hyper-V, the new virtualization technology that comes with Windows Server 2008.

The course is titled Clinic 5935: Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 and is available for free, probably for a limited time.

Click here to activate the e-learning content.

Free ISO image burning software for Vista

by Shijaz Abdulla on 07.11.2007 at 07:48

Alex Feinman has developed an amazing freeware tool called ISO Recorder v3 that lets you burn ISO images directly from Windows Explorer. This, combined with the Send To > CD drive feature already built into Windows, will suffice for the basic media burning needs of most IT Pros.

If all we ever wanted to do was to burn files to a CD/DVD/ISO image or burn a CD/DVD image to media, there is no need to spend $$ on media burning software.

ISO Recorder v3 supports Windows Vista can burn both CD and DVD ISO images. Check out Alex’s website for download and more information.