Unified Communications seems to be one of the hottest topics around and Microsoft Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 R2 is Microsoftâ€™s offering, however OCS 2007 R2 isnâ€™t what’ Iâ€™m talking about.
Iâ€™m talking about how Microsoft have made a quiet few tweaks in Windows 7 to make using communications products that little bit nicer.
Letâ€™s first set the scene. Your a remote worker at home connecting into your office with your Cisco IP Communicator or your OCS Client and your using a Bluetooth or USB Audio Device as a headset for making and receiving calls. In XP or Vista you change your Default Audio device to your headset so you can make your calls, however thereâ€™s a downside. Whilst your wearing your headset Windows decides to ding at you about something â€“ And it will probably be a loud one!
Windows 7 has the answer.
Windows 7 lets you device a Default Audio Device which is your normal audio device like you have in any other version of Windows. The new thing here is that Windows 7 allows you to define Default Communications Device.
In the picture here, I have my Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo headset (Stereo) as the default audio device for music to grace my ears whilst the Mono version is the default for Communications.
This is a great feature and it works with Windows Live Messenger. Unfortunately it doesnâ€™t work with the Cisco IP Communicator which is what Vocera are using so it rules me out until Cisco make a Windows 7 version of the IP phone client. Iâ€™m stuck with the good old Default Device option.