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Daily Digest: February 11, 2009
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Barracuda Networks Announces Message-Level Backup for the Barracuda Backup Service
Barracuda Networks Satisfies Customers' Email Data Protection Needs with Comprehensive Barracuda Backup Service and Barracuda Message Archiver Solutions

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.
Messaging & Collaboration

Apptix Offers Web Conferencing and Secure Instant Messaging utilizing Hosted Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
Apptix also Expands Suite of Hosted Business Services with Unified Messaging Platform, Virtual Private Servers, and Online Presence Solution

LightEdge Launches Hosted Unified Communications Service for SMBs
First service provider to fully integrate BroadSoft's hosted business voice with Microsoft's communications and collaboration software

Postbox Beta is Now Available!  

VerticalResponse Selects Message Systems for Improved Email Deliverability and Increased Message Output
Leading Email Service Provider opts for Message Systems' Delivery Manager for increased email performance, scalability and manageability to improve campaign effectiveness

Sync Google Apps with iPhones and Windows Mobile devices  
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Microsoft OCS R2 Announcement: Key Points

On February 3, Microsoft announced the general availability of Office Communications Server R2. OCS provides instant messaging, presence, interactive voice (1-1 and conferencing), Web conferencing, and desktop sharing.

In summary:

  • Various new features were announced, many of interest but none earth-shattering. The key thing is that Microsoft is continuing to develop OCS into a robust and well-rounded product. This is a multiyear endeavor. For details on the new features, see the press release.
  • 30 business partners were announced. OCS now has a rich and valuable ecosystem.
  • Microsoft spent much time reviewing OCS benefits and presenting user case studies.

The launch event was, interestingly, a purely virtual affair. The launch Web site lets you conduct a virtual stroll through a variety of presentations and supporting brochures, from Microsoft and its business partners. This is the first time Microsoft held a virtual launch event. It was nicely done and allows Microsoft and its partners to reuse the presentations and materials. Your curmudgeonly correspondent notes that OCS was not used; no doubt it will be in such events before too long. ... David Ferris



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