Microsoft announced the general availability of Office Communications Server 2007 R2. While there are a host of new and updated features in the platform like Group Chat and enhanced Enterprise Voice functionality, the update to the Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA 2.0) is particularly exciting. With UCMA 2.0, one can develop server-side applications to automate human/machine interaction as well as embed presence and communications in line-of-business client and web applications.
Among the investments in UCMA 2.0:
- Core SDK to abstract the SIP protocols
- Speech API to build speech recognition and speech synthesis applications
- Workflow API based on .NET 3.5 SP1 to query presence and invoke IM or speech conversations
To learn more about UCMA 2.0, check out the Office Communications Developer Portal on MSDN.