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Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2 by Micosoft Office Communications Server Team, Oscar Newkerk, Chris Mayo, Vishwa Ranjan, Kurt De Ding, Rui Maximo

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The Unified Communications Platform

UC is a software-based platform. Integrated with Active Directory Domain Services, this platform provides a unified view of the user’s identity, presence, and inbox. All means of communications with the user evolve around this single identity and inbox. Users are not interested in remembering a long list of phone numbers (work, cell, and so on), IM handles (one for each public IM provider), or e-mail addresses to reach a contact. With Exchange Server and Office Communications Server, enterprises can create a standardized e-mail, IM address, and phone number for every user. This is illustrated in Figure 1-1.

The UC platform.

Figure 1-1. The ...

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