Microsoft Readies Next Wave of Real-Time Collaboration Products
In the pipeline is a new version of Live Communications Server that will deliver on-premise Web conferencing.The next wave of Microsoft Corp.s Real-Time Collaboration unit products, slated for 2006, is coming into clearer focus. On the road map are new RTC client, server and services offerings, according to company officials, who outlined the divisions plans during a recent Microsoft Webcast. The forthcoming RTC lineup includes "Next Gen Server," the next release of Microsofts Live Communications Server corporate instant messaging server product; "Next Gen Communicator," the next release of the Office Communicator IM client; and Live Meeting 8, the next release of its Web conferencing software.
Microsoft officials and third-party partners had been hinting that Microsoft was building a server-based version of its Office Live Meeting Web/video conferencing software. It turns out, instead, that Microsoft is planning to build Live Meeting conferencing capabilities directly into Next Gen Server.