This week after the next version of Windows, codenamed Windows Blue, leaked onto the Internet. With Lync also getting an annual upgrade Microsoft’s what’s behind MS’s new fondness for annual release cycles.
Windows 7 DirectAccess is a great remote working technology, but services such as OCS and Lync are best accessed outside of the DA tunnel. This is configured using the NRPT to set exceptions and direct traffic to external Edge servers.
Microsoft’s purchase of Skype gives it options to provide voice calling directly from it’s Office 365 cloud platform.
With the release of Office 2011 Microsoft has provided Communicator for Mac for access to Office Communications Server 2007 R2 (OCS) and Lync Server 2010.