Saturday, August 11, 2007

More OCS Info

Johann has recently posted information about some of the features in the upcoming OCS 2007 release. He also talks about his personal experiences with OCS/OC.

  • Software powered VoIP: by using a smart end-point (aka a PC), OCS and Communicator 2007 allow a much richer experience than traditional VoIP systems.
  • Software economics: OCS works with a broad range of devices, phones, applications from a wide range of partners.
  • Voice quality: The listening and call quality offered by a pre-release version of Office Communications Server 2007 was “considerably better than that provided by [a leading provider’s] IP phones,” according to an independent benchmark study conducted by Psytechnics, a firm specialising in voice-quality research.
  • Easy transition: Companies can get more value from their existing PBX systems, networks and desk phones by using Office Communications Server to add VoIP and unified communications capabilities without ripping and replacing existing investments.
  • Streamlined communications: click-to-call from Outlook, Word, Sharepoint and other apps - including the ability to simply add presence and telephony/video to LOB or custom applications/websites.
  • Tools that travel: It doesn't matter if you're in the office sitting at your desk, working from home, or sitting at a coffee shop - you still have all of your communications tools available.  In fact right now I am writing this from a hotel in Seattle.  My girlfriend in Sydney can dial my local 02 phone number and I take the call over here on my PC.  All of this without a VPN!!  As long as I have web access, then I can make and receive calls - and due to our adaptive codecs (more info below) it doesn't matter that I am running across an unreliable unmanaged network (aka the Internet).

The OCS downloads are still not yet available on Technet/MSDN.


Anonymous said...

Do you know if you can run OCS 2007 without a PBX but still be able to make calls over a PSTN? We are just opening a new office and would like to run OCS as our primamry communications interface however we havn't been able to clearly identify if we can skip running something like Asterisk. Any ideas?

Ryan said...


OCS and Exchange UM both require the use of an IP-PBX in order to connect to the outside world. This could be in the form of a soft PBX like Asterisk, or alternatively, you might want to look into a hardware appliance type device.