snom phone tested by Microsoft for OCS compatibility

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 09:59

snom technology AG is a developer and manufacturer of VOIP phones for enterprise and residential markets.

The snom 300 phone has been tested by Microsoft for interoperability with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The snom 300 uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for VoIP communications. This dedication to a standards-based protocol makes the snom 300 interoperable with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 while also retaining all of its standards-based SIP features.

The announcement of the snom 300 is a new addition to the OCS IP phone portfolio, and meets a long desired need for an inexpensive IP phone ($120 MSRP) that has been tested for interoperability with OCS.

Compatible Devices Program for Microsoft Lync is Microsoft’s program to test and qualify partner devices to work with Microsoft Lync so partners can provide a wide choice of phones, headsets, conference room systems, and other devices to meet the needs of employees in all workspaces—including headquarters, branch offices, and remote locations. These communications devices enable users to connect via audio and video for a rich communication and collaboration experience wherever they are.  The program includes 2 levels:

  • ‘Optimized for OCS/Lync’ – IP phones, headsets, conference room systems and other devices that offer a rich and integrated experience giving customers the power to get the most out of their Lync experience and return on investment.
  • Other compatible IP phones – IP phones tested to provide basic interoperability and quality of experience. snom300 is the first phone in this new category.

Read the snom press release here.

Microsoft Lync is the new OCS

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 09:53

Microsoft Lync  is the new branding for the latest version of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), scheduled for release pretty soon.

Some of the new features in Lync:

  • Unified Experience
    • One set of contacts between Lync and Office apps
    • Communicate with context both from SharePoint and Outlook
    • PCs, browser and mobile device support
    • IM, voice, video, web conferencing all in one client
  • Connect & Collaborate
    • Find & connect with the right people in the organization using new rich presence, that includes pictures & current location
    • SharePoint based Skill Search
  • Enterprise Voice features
    • QoS enhancements with Call Admission Control
    • Datacenter resiliency and survivable branch appliances
    • Wide range of IP and USB device support
  • Conferencing
    • Rich whiteboarding including copy-paste, powerpoint upload, desktop & app sharing all built into Lync client
    • Easily schedule meetings
    • Virtual lobby to place attendees and ensure security over who can attend
  • Powerful deployment & management
    • VIRTUALIZATION supported on most of the Lync Server roles!
    • Role based access control
    • PowerShell based foundation for administration
    • Improved navigation thru silverlight based scenario-driven graphical management tool
  • Extensibility

You can read more about it at microsoft.com/lync