Microsoft Reveals Office Communications Server 14

Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will be releasing the next iteration of its unified communications server, codenamed as Office Communications Server (OCS) by the second half of the next year.

The new version, which has a working name Communication Server 14, will boast of slew of cutting-edge features, including Enhanced 911 (e911), improved integration with Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, along with better voice recognition functionalities.

In addition, the server will also support location-based support, allowing users to know whether the user is in the vicinity of the office or on mobile.

Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate VP of the company’s unified communications group, demonstrated the new yet to be named, communications server at the VoiceCon expo in Orlando, Florida.

OCS is an advanced software suite that caters to large organisations with a wide array of features, including internet telephony, instant messaging, video conferencing, presence notification, along with other communication capabilities.

When linked to a public switched telephone network (PSTN), or a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), an OCS boasts of the capability to replace a private branch exchange (PBX), Pall said.

Another striking feature of the new system is ‘call parking’, which feature to put a call on hold, and subsequently resuming it to any other phone connected to the system.

Our Comments

OCS has the capability of significantly improving analogue systems that are implemented across small and medium businesses nationwide. That said, it could also face some significant competition from the likes of Asterisk, the open source telephony project.

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