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Partnering with Microsoft Unified Communications Engineering for Office Communications Server

Find out more about partnering with Microsoft on Unified Communications (UC) Devices, Mobile Solutions, Infrastructure Engineering, or Federated Services for Office Communications Server. Independent software vendors (ISVs) can also find material to help drive integration with Microsoft products.

In addition, discover who is already a partner, find reference material regarding certified devices and systems, and obtain technical specifications.

Prior to applying to Be a UC Partner (Prerequisites)

Prior to requesting to become a certified partner, the following is required:

  • A long term interest in developing product lines for Microsoft’s UC platform
  • A proven record of developing and marketing enterprise grade systems.
  • Established global enterprise sales channels.

Steps to complete prior to making a request to be a Microsoft UC Partner:

  1. Obtain Microsoft Global Partner Program membership. Registration is simple and starts here. Join at a level that aligns with your business strategies.
  2. Depending on the Partner Program that you qualify for, obtaining TSANet membership for enterprise technical support at the “standard” or “quid-pro-quo” support level may be required. Find out more about becoming a TSANet member here.
  3. Enroll in the Metro Early Adopters program if you don’t already have an MS Connect invitation ID. If you already have an invitation ID, log into MS Connect and get started immediately (before contacting the Metro Early Adopters program).
  4. Establish a Windows Live account to access Microsoft Connect directories.


After your completion of the prerequisites listed above, you may request information regarding becoming a Microsoft UC Partner by utilizing the links in the applicable Partner category section of this page.

Device Developers

Device developers can partner with the UC Partner Engineering team to deliver the next generation of Office Communication Server clients. Begin by downloading the Starter Kit.

Downloading the Starter Kit requires access to Microsoft Connect. If the UC Partner Engineering team invited you to join Microsoft Connect, ensure that you have your invitation ID ready. An invitation ID will simplify registration and direct you immediately to the materials which you were invited to view. The Microsoft Connect home page can be found here.

  • Starter Kit

To introduce yourself and obtain more specifics, email OPEDEVDL.

Other TechNet Materials:

Infrastructure Engineers

The following materials describe how to develop infrastructure based on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

From Microsoft Connect:

Downloading the following materials requires access to Microsoft Connect. If the UC Partner Engineering team invited you to join a particular directory within Microsoft Connect, ensure that you have your invitation ID ready. An invitation ID will simplify registration and direct you immediately to the materials which you were invited to view. The Microsoft Connect home page can be found here.

  • Direct SIP Spec for OCS 2007 R2
  • Dual Forking + RCC Spec for OCS 2007
  • RCC Spec for OCS 2007
  • RCC Test Plan
  • DF + RCC Test Plan for OCS 2007
  • Direct SIP Test Plan

To introduce yourself and obtain more specifics, email OPEINFDL.

Other TechNet Materials:

Mobile Solutions Developers

To introduce yourself and obtain more specifics, email OPEMOBDL.

Other Materials:

Federated Services Providers

To introduce yourself and obtain more specifics, email OPEFSPDL.

ISV Partners in Product Integration

The Office Communications Partner Engineering team works with many partners across a wide range of offerings that include solutions such as:

  • Compliance
  • Contact Center
  • Communications Enabled Business Applications
  • Communications Applications
  • Group Chat (persistent chat)
  • Call Recording
  • Video Interop
  • Quality of Experience

Our team seeks out partners who are best of breed and who offer compelling solutions for Microsoft Office Communications Server and Unified Communications.

To introduce your company and obtain more specifics, email our UC ISV team at OPEISVDL.

ISV developers will also want to reference important technical details found on the Office Communications Developer Portal.

For more information about video interop or to introduce your company to our video interop team, please contact vinterop@microsoft.com.