Microsoft is on tap to show off Office Communications Server Release 2 (R2) at the VoiceCon show in Amsterdam on October 14. And the company already is working on the follow-on release, which will likely be timed with Office 14. OCS R2 is the next version of Microsoft’s integrated instant-messaging/conferencing server. It is one of the centerpieces of the company’s unified-communications stable of products.
A blogger recently noted:
“There will be a new version (of OCS) announced in November 2008 and released in January 2009, this will be *Office Communications Server 2007 R2*and one major difference will be it’s transition to a 64bit ONLY platform a la Exchange 2007. This version will transpose your voicemails to text so you can still access them even if in a meeting (or the quiet car of a train..) among other new features.
“OCS 2007 R2 will also have more Telephony style features including the ability to hunt groups.”