Monday, August 20, 2007

OCS 2007 Downloads now available on Technet/MSDN

I just checked the Technet website, and Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 are now available to download. If you haven't signed up for a Technet/MSDN subscription, you can visit and sign up now. A full list of the benefits of a Technet Plus subscription can be found on the Technet site, but some of the highlights include:

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