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Unity 8.0 EFT Opportunity

The Unity team is currently accepting applications for the Unity 8.0 Early Field Trial (EFT), which is scheduled to begin in late June 2009. The following are the primary enhancements in this release:

Speech Enabled Directory - Callers can speak the name of the person they wish to reach when they access the auto-attendant. Currently, callers need to spell the name, using touch tones.

Spoken Commands - Subscribers can use spoken commands to navigate through the conversation, saying things such as “Send Message,” “Delete Message” and “Hang-up.” Currently, subscribers can speak the only the names of touch tones.

VPIM Support in pure Exchange 2007 environment - VPIM is supported in a pure Exchange 2007 environment. Previously, sites needed to maintain an Exchange 2003 server to provide VPIM support for other voice mail systems.

Active Directory Synchronization improvements - The process for synchronizing Unity and Active Directory has been enhanced to improve performance in environments with large directories. These changes enhance performance with Active Directory versions 2003 and 2008.

Unity and Unity Connection interoperability -- Unity 8.0 offers an improved integration with Unity Connection 8.0, through message and directory exchange. This feature allows Unity and Unity Connection to share directory information to act like a unified network for voicemail.

VMWare Support -VMWare installations of Unity 8.0 EFT are supported in a lab environment. This is ideal for sites who already have some experience with VMWare and who want to see how a Unity VMWare installation performs in a lab environment.

Telephone Record and Playback (TRaP) - This feature no longer relies on DCOM, but instead uses HTTP for client server communication.

If you are interested in participating in the trial, or in the Unity EFT program in general, please contact Laura Vernum (

Laura Vernum

EFT Coordinator

Cisco Systems

206 256-3012