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Sametime / OCS 2007 Interop

If you were at VoiceCon today and sat in on the UC Software-based Architectures panel discussion, you heard IBM and Microsoft fulfill a promise we made earlier this year. We are currently testing interoperability between Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and plan to deliver it later this year. So what does this mean and how will it work?

  • Interoperability will include federated identity, online presence awareness and the ability to exchange text chats between enterprises.
  • You'll need Sametime Standard 8.0.2 (available later this month) and a hotfix for the Sametime Gateway in 8.0.2 (hotfix available in December).
  • Sametime Advanced customers are entitled to all the features in Sametime Standard. Just upgrade to the Standard 8.0.2 components and apply the hotfix.
  • Both companies are leveraging SIP/SIMPLE to connect the environments.
  • This is specifically for Sametime / OCS interoperability. (No news on MSN yet.)

Feel free to post questions here and we'll do our best to answer them. As the creators of the industry's leading enterprise instant messaging platform, IBM Lotus believes that standards-based interoperability is important for our customer to get the value they seek out of Unified Communications. This is another step towards achieving that goal.