Microsoft Widens Testing Of Live Communications Server Beta

Microsoft Tuesday opened up the beta program for its next release of Live Communications Server, now known as LCS 2005.

May 4, 2004

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Microsoft Tuesday opened up the beta program for its next release of Live Communications Server, now known as LCS 2005.

The beta software is expected to be available in June or July and Microsoft is expecting as many as a thousand customers to sign on, a spokesman said.

The offering, code-named Vienna, will beef up federation among dispersed LCS servers and bulk up scalability, the spokesman said. Final software is expected in the fourth quarter.

LCS 2005, like its predecessor, will offer presence-awareness, instant messaging and support for standards such as the Simple Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE), the company said.

Solution providers said the current LCS 2003 gets a bit "complex" when they try to stretch it across organizations and locations. The new offering should make it easier for them to set up realtime communication links between their customers, their customers and their partners, and suppliers without having to build a VPN, according to Microsoft.As CRN reported in February, Microsoft is working both on Vienna, and a new rewritten LCS client code-named Istanbul that will add support for Microsoft's Ring Cam and other perks. The spokesman said the current Windows Messenger 5.0 client will work against LCS 2005.

In related news, IBM Software's Lotus group next week is expected to unveil its Workplace 2.0 lineup in New York City. Lotus pioneered the secure instant messaging and presence space with its Sametime offering several years ago. Lotus executives promised the new Workplace release for the second quarter. Workplace 2.0 offers a rich client, collaborative document management, Workplace Builder tools, the executives said at the time.

Article appears courtesy of CRN.

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