Parlano and OCS licensing

I’m still recovering from the Microsoft UC launch– it was a lot of fun to talk to customers and get their feedback on what Microsoft has done right, and wrong, with OCS 2007. One topic I didn’t hear much about was Microsoft’s acquisition of Parlano. I think that will be changing, though, once word of this gets out: customers who bought OCS 2007 with Software Assurance will be given no-cost licenses to the Parlano technology in Q1 2008. Future versions of OCS will include Parlano. This is a nice value-add for SA, the kind of thing that Microsoft needs to do more often to sweeten the pot as an SA incentive. (Actually, the best thing they could do to make SA valuable is to cut their release time to ❤ years for major releases, so that SA customers actually get upgraded.)

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