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Microsoft Lync Online conversation translator with Bing

July 15, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync, SaaS

Conversation Translator provides a real-time language translation service for Lync instant messaging (IM) conversations.

With Conversation Translator, both the sender and receiver can converse in their native language, and Conversation Translator handles the translation.
Powered by the Microsoft Translator Web Service, Conversation Translator currently supports translation between 35 languages…

Download it here from Microsoft :

Microsoft Opens Office 365 Beta to All !

April 20, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync, Office Communication Server, SaaS

Users can test the public beta at, which covers 38 countries and regions in 17 languages, Microsoft said. Small businesses can also sign up; in a related contest, five small businesses can win Office 365, a $50,000 marketing package, and a day’s work from a Microsoft executive at the winner’s business or charity of choice.

Finally, Microsoft unveiled an app store as part of the Office 365 site, with 100 apps and 400 professional services available from the established community of more than 16,000 Microsoft cloud partners; new apps and services are scheduled to be added over time, Microsoft said.

Office 365 is a Microsoft solution that integrates Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always up-to-date cloud service. The service is targeted at the small and medium-business customer, one who doesn’t want to buy and support an on-premise server-based solution, and would instead prefer to let Microsoft handle it.

“We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division, in a statement. “More than 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses, so it clearly strikes a chord.”

Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions :

Join the beta :

Hosted Unified Communications Virtual Experience : try OCS R2 with Exchange 2010 for 60 days !

February 18, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Office Communication Server, SaaS

With the Microsoft Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you can see first-hand how Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution can help you harness the power of software to streamline communications between people anytime, anywhere, free for 60-days.

NB : Use AALL in the company name if you want to test it with me !

See how it works

By registering for the Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you will discover how you can:

  • Gain the power to connect with the right person, right now from within familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office applications ”with one click”
  • Bring people together quickly and easily ”anytime, anywhere”
  • Break down communication silos ”whether people are down the hall, across continents, or constantly on the road”

Microsoft Online Services Cost Estimator : 2,5 $/Month per user for Office Communications Online

October 29, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, SaaS

Use this tool from Microsoft to compare the cost of your own infrastructure with the cost of hosted services with the same number of users :

Here is a sample list of prices with this tools  :


 It cost only 2,5 $ per month and per user for Office Communications Online !

UC Microsoft-hosted services : Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

October 02, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, SaaS

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its suite of Microsoft-hosted services known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

Microsoft is going to deliver a near-final Release Candidate test build of BPOS on September 26 and is telling users that a final build of the BPOS product should be released within 30 days, according to a September 25 posting to the Microsoft Online Services blog. 

“On that date, BPOS will be available for purchase in the United States. Those that are in the BPOS TAP (Technology Adoption Program) program or are current Beta users will continue to enjoy the service free of charge until 30 days after GA (general availability).”

BPOS is a bundle of Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting conferencing, Microsoft Office Communications Online (the hosted version of Office Communications Server) and the Microsoft Online Administration Center management portal.

Features of the Business Productivity Online Suite are :
  • E-mail and calendar functions — Exchange Online delivers e-mail services including spam filtering, anti-virus protection, and synchronization of mobile devices.
  • E-mail coexistence and migration tools — You can also use the Migration Tools to copy content from your Exchange Server, POP3, or IMAP4 e-mail server mailboxes to your Exchange Online mailboxes.
  • Document collaboration and workspaces — SharePoint Online allows you to share and work together on documents, maintain version control for shared documents, create intranet sites to manage projects and project workflows, post calendar information, and set up wikis and blogs.
  • Web conferencing — Office Live Meeting allows you to hold online meetings with colleagues, customers, and partners in real time. Office Live Meeting participants can convene online to share documents, ask questions, work on a virtual “whiteboard,” and talk to each other during the meeting.
  • Microsoft Online Services Administration Center — The Administration Center gives you an online management portal to manage your services and users.
  • Microsoft Online Services Sign In application — The Sign In application is a tool that automatically sets up services and allows users to access all of their services with no need to sign in each time they use them.

Microsoft is marketing its Microsoft-hosted services to customers of all sizes, not just large enterprises, which were the initial target of the offering.

Office Live Workspace : only a competitor to Google Docs ?

March 18, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: SaaS

Office Live Workspace is publicly available to English-speaking users worldwide. Live Workspace is not a Web-based version of Microsoft Office, but a complement to Microsoft Office according o the Software-plus-service strategy from Microsoft.  It provides an easy way for people to save their Office documents and other files to the web, and then to share their work and collaborate with others.

Others web 2.0 competitors like Google offer a fully online service for managing and sharing your document and you not need a local application to create or edit your documents. The Microsoft strategy is to offer some additional services to your local Office applications, that’s why Microsoft use the acronym S+S and not the Software As A Service (SaaS).Office Live Workspace service can be used from a PC, kiosk or other Web-access point without Office installed; all you technically need is an Internet Explorer or Firefox browser to access and share your document, but you cannot edit or create without a local installation of Office. To be able to save from inside Office to Office Live Workspace, users need to download a client plug-in that is available on the Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft has said that current Office for Mac and Open Office users also will be able to make use of Office Live Workspace, but there are no plug-ins allowing the automatic saving of content from those products to the Live service.Then, after uploading a document using the web browser or the plug-in inside Office, you can share access to this document using email or IM.You can use Microsoft SharedView for screen sharing, group chats and sharing documents with multiple people in real time.Microsoft SharedView allows connecting with up to 15 people in different locations. Users can be invited to join a session by email or IM. They are able to communicate with each other by being able to view each other’s screens and control them. Also, handouts, or files, can be broadcasted by one to all users. Creation of a session is done with Windows Live ID. SharedView also provides integration into Microsoft Office applications and Windows Live Messenger. For example, in Microsoft Office Word, if tracked changes are turned on and another user is granted control and he or she changes the documents, those changes are tracked as being done by that user. SharedView is partially ad-supported by advertisements from Live Search.SharedView is similar to Windows Meeting Space, which is included in Windows Vista. However, Windows Meeting Space supports ad hoc meetings, application sharing, file transfer, and simple messaging within a network and works primarily inside the firewall, requiring IT involvement (on both sides) to bridge firewalls. Microsoft SharedView, on the contrary is designed for collaboration over the internet. 

Microsoft Office Communications Online : Software Plus Services (S+S) mode for UC

March 04, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, SaaS

Microsoft Office Communications Online allows you to take advantage of industry-leading collaboration capabilities without managing your own infrastructure, server hardware, facilities, or hiring support staff. Microsoft provides a more secure environment than public instant messaging tools for sharing intellectual property and working within teams that are increasingly dispersed around the world.


With Office Communications Online, your enterprise can be up and running quickly. At the heart of the solution are Microsoft data centers located at key sites around the world. Each data center houses a highly available complex of equipment that hosts your communication services. The servers needed to support your organization are dedicated to your company only, as your data is always kept separate from other organizations.

Core Office Communications Online Service will include :

• Secure instant messaging by deploying the Intelligent Instant Message Filter (IIMF) program as
a standard feature.
• Presence awareness,
• Access to instant messaging via your intranet and the Internet.
• Service Level Agreements at the service, not just server level, covering Office Communications Online. 99.9% service availability is offered.
• Dedicated hosting in Microsoft data centers.
• Directory synchronization from your Microsoft Active Directory providing single sign-on capability.
• Dedicated servers and networks providing you with logical and physical security.
• Service evolution that includes upgrades to new Office Communications Online release versions at no additional charge.
• Disaster recovery services that provide full instant messaging and presence capability in an alternate and geographically diverse data center within 72 hours.
• Federation with Microsoft includes a dedicated trusted connection between the customer and Microsoft.

Optional Services will include :
• Federation to allow two or more disparate instant messaging and presence installations to interconnect and communicate with each other.
• Public IM Connectivity (PIC) providing connectivity with users from the MSN, AOL, and Yahoo public Instant Messaging services.
• Content archiving to capture and retain text instant message content for all users.
• Web access to extend the reach of instant messaging and presence to a broader base of users.

Resssources :

Live Meeting Ad and free trial

February 04, 2008 By: admin Category: SaaS

Look at this funny ad for LiveMeeting :

Business Travel Stop here !

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Interested ?, then try the 2007 release of the Microsoft® Office Live Meeting hosted service by sign up for a 60-day trial today.

See how easy it is to schedule meetings, invite attendees, and host fully interactive sessions in just minutes !

If you want to see only a demonstration use this link :