Sharepoint Services v3.0 Application Templates

I noticed the other day that the first batch of templates have been published for Windows Sharepoint Services v3 – the free team site application that’s been upgraded dramatically as part of the Office 2007 release wave.

There are some interesting site admin template apps published on the Application Templates site, along with some details of forthcoming aerver admin templates (which are probably more generically useful, to be honest… things like expense reimbursement and vacation scheduling).

There are also WSS3.0-compatible versions of the old server templates available as part of the WSS2.0 upgrade toolkit, so if you can’t wait a few weeks for the rest of the new templates to make it onto the site, then check out the older ones here.

Can your phone system talk to Exchange 2007?

It’s been online for a little while – I only really noticed recently, but there is a matrix of telecom PBX systems and VoIP gateways which can sit in front of them, in order to enable Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging.

The Telephony Advisor for Exchange 2007 goes into some detail around what needs to be understood in order to get UM running. There’s a link on there to the PBX Configuration Notes page, which not only details how the PBX/gateway needs to be configured, but shows a list (ordered by PBX) of what components and protocols are used, which versions of software are required etc.

It’s not an exhaustive list but is a starter – if you want to know whether your current phone system could be integrated into Exchange 2007, hae a look…

Do you want to talk to your Exchange Server?

You might have seen demos of Exchange 2007 and the Unified Messaging capabilities (which are mondo-cool and so great to demonstrate to people that they’re sometimes open-mouthed in awe): if so, and you want to play with it yourself, then check out this great new resource:

Put in your email address, and you’ll be sent the details of your temporary (5-day) logon to the system, accessible from Outlook Web Access, Outlook (using “Outlook Anywhere” aka RPC/HTTP) or from a mobile device using ActiveSync.

Oh and you get a (US) phone number to call to test out the Outlook Voice Access function, which allows you to navigate your mailbox and interact with it either using a phone’s keypad or (if you’re an English speaker), with spoken commands.

If you’re not US based, you could sign up for the Windows Live Messenger/Verizon Web Calling service, which would allow you to call a US number for a lower cost (in the UK, about 1.5p a minute).