The new solution, with Live Communications Server 2005, will help people - for example, those working remotely or from locked-down computers or non-Windows operating systems - stay in touch with key colleagues, partners and customers to handle time-sensitive requests and make business decisions more quickly. In addition, Communicator Web Access, with the Live Communications Server 2005 Public IM Connectivity offering, enables enterprise-grade connectivity to the MSN, AOL and Yahoo! public IM services.
"Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and Microsoft's broader real-time
collaboration solutions are focused on delivering a unified communications
experience that breaks down the silos of communication and brings them
together into an intuitive experience," Pall said. "Extending the
capabilities of Communicator to Web clients gives information workers -
regardless of location or platform - the ability to immediately locate,
contact and collaborate with colleagues in real time. This is another
significant step toward ubiquitous access to rich presence information and a
unified communications experience."
Communicator Web Access has an easy-to-use, familiar interface that is based
on the desktop version of the client, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, and
can easily be added into existing infrastructures, requiring minimal support
from IT administrators. Once it is deployed, users need only open their Web
browser, point it to a specified Web site address and enter their credentials to
access Communicator Web Access.
"Communicator Web Access has been instrumental in spreading adoption of
enterprise IM throughout our company, improving the speed and quality of
collaboration across teams and, in turn, helping our employees make better
decisions faster, regardless of location," said Gary Ducharme, associate
director of enterprise infrastructure at Bell Canada. "We have deployed
Communicator Web Access to approximately 3,000 employees and have received
very positive feedback on how similar the user interface is to the desktop
version of Communicator that we had previously deployed to approximately
30,000 employees. Also, our employees are pleased with how easy the client
is to use. We plan on deploying Communicator Web Access companywide the
first of next year."
So now I wonder how long it still takes to get the Windows Mobile Pocket PC
and Smartphone version released?
Cheers ~ Arne