Voice Mail

What is Microsoft Exchange? Unified Messaging??

Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging is a system that allows you to easily manage your voicemail using outlook or the voice access system.

Migration Information for May 28, 2013

First time use

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why use Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging?

Click on each link to learn more about a specific feature:

Voicemail in Outlook - Easily view and listen to voicemails directly from your inbox

Call Answering -Set away from desk, long term absence, and automatic rules for number

Voicemail Preview - Automatically have your voicemails transcribed.

Missed Call and Text Message Notification - Text your mobile phone whenever you have new voicemail.

Play on Phone - Easily forward a voicemail to a phone to listen to.

Outlook Voice Access - Listen to your voice messages, hear and respond to calendar invites, and access the directory all over your phone.

Reset Voicemail PIN - Follow these steps to reset your PIN (voicemail password) if needed.

 

NOTE: The email features of Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging work best in Outlook 2007 or higher and the Outlook Web App (https://exmail.oregonstate.edu/owa). If you are using an older version or another client you will receive your voice messages as an email with an MP3 file attached.

Call Answering

Setting Rules and Long Term Absence Notifications for Voicemail

 

Long Term Absence Notification

  1. Go to Outlook Web Access and log in using your Exchange? email settings
  2. Go to Options --> See All Options --> Phone
  3. Click on a radio button to select the desired greeting option.
  4. Click "Call me to play or record the selected greeting" to listen to and/or change your greeting.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the Voice Mail page and click Save to save your settings.

Absence notification

Setting New Rules

You can use rules to create options for the people who reach your voicemail, such as giving them alternate numbers where they can reach you, or transferring their call to another number.

  1. Go to Outlook Web Access and log in using your Exchange email settings
  2. Go to Options --> See All Options --> Phone
  3. Click the New Rule to open the rule creation window.
  4. Enter a Name for the rule.
  5. Select a Condition for the rule. A dialog box will appear where you may specify the details of the condition and the alternate phone number or transfer number you want Outlook to provide to callers. Outlook will play a text-to-speech recording for your callers of the text you type in this field.

NOTE: As you define actions, be sure to assign different numbers for your callers to press for each action, or the system won't be able to offer the action as an option.

Answering rule

Frequently Asked Questions

Unified Messaging? Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Will voicemail messages from the old system be transferred to the new system?

A: This depends on whether you are a voicemail-only or converged email/voicemail user.

If you access your voicemail messages only by calling the voice access number (7-7111), your old voice messages will not be available to you after the migration on May 28, 2013. However, if you have need to access your old messages after the migration, you can dial an alternate access number to get into the old system. The old system will be kept up for a few months.

If you receive your voice messages in your email, you will still see your old and new voicemail messages there. None of your messages will be lost. However, you may notice that the file format of the audio attachments will change from WAV to MP3. When you dial into the voice access system, the system will not know about the old WAV files and will not play them for you. After the migration, you will only be able to hear your old voicemail messages by opening them in your email.

Q: We have a department line that has custom menus that direct people to different numbers or play our department hours. Will this change with the migration?

A: Most custom menus have been configured in the phone system, not in the voicemail system. As such, they will not be changing with the voicemail migration. If you have any concerns, please contact Telecom Customer Service to verify your settings.

Q: How will the new system work with smart phones?

A: The audio file format in Unified Messaging is MP3, a format that is widely supported. On our old system the file format was WAV and some devices such as Android phones could not play it without an extra app. In the new system you will not need to install an extra app to play your voicemail on your Android phone.

Missed Call and Text Message Notification

Missed Call Notifications

Unified Messaging? can send a "Missed Call" notification to your email when a caller doesn't leave a voice message.

 

  1. Go to exmail and log in using your exchange? email settings
  2. Go to Options --> See All Options --> Phone
  3. Check the box in the Outlook Web AppNotifications area; uncheck the box if you wish to turn the feature off.

Missed Call

 

Text Message Notifications

Unified Messaging can send a "Missed Call" text message to your cell phone when you miss a call or receive a voicemail.

  1. Go to exmail and log in using your exchange email settings
  2. Go to Options --> See All Options --> PhoneText messaging
  3. Select Text Messaging and click on Turn On NotificationsConfirmation Text
  4. Select the Locale (country) and Mobile operator (your cell phone service provider) from the dropdown lists, and click Next.
  5. Enter your cell phone number with area code and click Next 
  6. Outlook will send a text message containing a passcode to your cell phone. Enter this number in the Passcode field and click Finish to enable text messaging. Outlook will send a confirmation message to your cell phone notifying you that text messaging has been enabled and display a similar confirmation message on the Text Messaging page in Outlook.
  7. Next, click Voice Mail and scroll down to the Notifications area. Notice that this area now contains additional options for text messaging. text messaging radio option
  8. Click on the desired radio button to specify the level of text messaging notification you prefer.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the Voice Mail page and click Save to save your settings.

Outlook Voice Access

Navigating your Voicemail Using Voice or Touchtone Commands

There are two methods available for navigating within Unified Messaging?. The voice (or speech) interface is the default user interface. You may change to touchtone at any time and vice versa while in your mailbox.

  1. Switch from the voice interface to the touch-tone interface by using one of the following methods
    • Option 1: from the main menu, say “Personal Options” and press [4]. (Permanently sets you to touchtone mode.)
    • Option 2: from the main menu, press [0] then [0]. (Sets you to touchtone mode for this call only.)
  2. Switch from the touchtone interface to the voice interface:
    • From the main menu, press [6] then [4]

 

Using Outlook Voice Access to Navigate your Inbox

Please NOTE: The following instructions refer to e-mail access via the voicemail system. This feature is disabled by default for all users. If you wish to enable this feature, please contact your department telephone coordinator.


If you are using the voice or speech interface:

  1. Call your Outlook Access Number
  2. Enter your PIN when prompted
  3. Say "E-mail" to access email
  4. The Unified Messaging server will read the name, subject, time, and priority of the first unread e-mail message. 
  5. At this point you have a few options:
    • say "Next Message" to mark the message as read and go to the next e-mail
    • say "Mark Unread" to keep the message marked as unread and go to the next e-mail
    • say "End" to jump to the end of the message
    • say "Delete" to delete the message
    • say "Reply" to reply to the sender
    • say "Reply All" to reply to the sender and all other recipients
    • say "Forward" to forward the message to another user or group
  6. If you chose to respond to the message: record a reply and then hang up, remain silent, or press any key. To accept the reply message and send it, say "Send it"

 

If you are using touchtone to navigate:

  1. Call your Outlook Access Number
  2. Enter your PIN when prompted
  3. Press [2] to access email
  4. The Unified Messaging server will read the name, subject, time, and priority of the first unread e-mail message. 
  5. At this point you have a few options:
    • Press [#] to mark the message as read and go to the next e-mail
    • Press [9] to keep the message marked as unread and go to the next e-mail
    • Press [33] to jump to the end of the message
    • Press [7] to delete the message
    • Press [8] to reply to the sender
    • Press [88] to reply to the sender and all other recipients
    • Press [6] to forward the message to another user or group
  6. If you chose to respond to the message: record a reply and press [#]. To accept the reply message and send it, press [1].

Play on Phone

Play on Phone Number

This option allows you to forward a voicemessage to your phone to listen. This is useful if you don't have speakers, need to leave your desk, or know it's sensitive information.

  1. Go to exmail and log in using your exchange? email settings
  2. Go to Options --> See All Options --> Phone
  3. Under the Play on Phone number box, click call
  4. This Select your phone number and then Dial.

Play on Phone

 

Alternate method

If you are using Outlook 2010 you can click on the play on phone button located on the top right of the message in your inbox


 Play on Phone Alternate

Reset Voicemail PIN

Voicemail-only Users

If you access your voicemail only by calling the access number, you are a voicemail-only user. To reset a forgotten PIN, please call Telecom Customer Service at 7-HELP (541-737-4357).

 

Converged Email/Voicemail Users

If you receive your voicemail in your email, you are a converged user.  You can reset your voicemail PIN by following these steps:

  1. Login to Outlook Web App at https://exmail.oregonstate.edu/owa.
  2. On the top-right, choose Options, See All Options.
  3. On the left, choose Phone.
  4. You should see a "Voice Mail" tab. If you don't see this option, you are probably a voicemail-only user (see above).
  5. Click the option to "Reset my voice mail PIN" and a new PIN will be sent to you in email.

 

 

UM First Use

Using Microsoft Exchange? Unified Messaging? for the First Time

Once unified messaging has been activated for your account, you will receive an email with a phone number and PIN. (Note: voicemail-only users will receive a default PIN from their telephone coordinator instead.)

Welcome

 

Quick Guide for First-Time Use

  1. Call the access number at 7-7111 (541-737-7111).
  2. Enter your extension.
  3. Enter your new PIN and press [#].
  4. Reset your PIN if prompted. (Converged voicemail users will not need to change their PIN.)
  5. At the main menu say "Personal Options" or press [0] [0] [6].
  6. For greetings, press [2].
  7. To set your personal greeting, press [1] and follow the system prompts.
  8. To set your name, press [3] and follow the system prompts.
  9. Hang up when finished, or press [*] to return to the main menu.

 

Navigating your Voicemail Using Voice or Touchtone Commands

There are two methods available for navigating within Unified Messaging. The voice (or speech) interface is the default user interface. You may change to touchtone at any time and vice versa while in your mailbox.

  1. Switch from the voice interface to the touch-tone interface by using one of the following methods:
    • Option 1: from the main menu, say “Personal Options” and press [4]. This will permanently set your menus to touch-tone.
    • Option 2: from the main menu, press [0] then [0]. This will set your menus to touch-tone for this call only.
  2. Switch from the touchtone interface to the voice interface:
    • From the main menu, press [6] then [4].

 

Set a New PIN

  1. Call your Outlook Access Number
  2. Enter your PIN when prompted
  3. To change your PIN, press [6] then [3] from the main menu and follow the recorded instructions
    • PINs can only be numeric and must be at least 5 digits long
    • Voice prompts will lead you through changing your PIN and setting up your voice signature and your initial greeting.

 

Record Your Name

  1. From the main menu, press [6] then [2]
  2. Press [3], wait for the tone, then say only your first and last name, and press [#] to stop recording
  3. Press [1] to accept the recording or [2] to record your name again
  4. After you accept the recording, press [#] to continue

 

Create your Personal Greeting

  1. From the main menu press [6] then [2]
  2. Press [1] for Personal Greeting.
    • Press [1] to use a Standard Greeting
    • Press [2] then [1] to customize your Personal Greeting

Unified Messaging Voicemail Migration

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, OSU will be migrating to a new voicemail platform called Microsoft Exchange? Unified Messaging?.

The new voicemail system brings an improved user experience with better email integration, better support for mobile devices, message transcription, custom greetings, text message notifications of missed calls, and a voice-activated telephone user interface.

Please read the Migration Details below for steps that you need to take on May 28, 2013.  If you have any questions, please contact your department telephone coordinator.

 

Migration Details

On May 28, 2013, all OSU voicemail customers will be migrated to the new voicemail system at one time. Everyone will still be able to receive voice messages as before. If you receive your voice messages in your email now, you will continue to receive them in your email.

After the migration, you need to take a couple of steps to complete the setup of your voice mailbox. Please follow the instructions below.

Retrieve your new PIN (voicemail password)

Voicemail-only Users
If you access your voice messages only by calling the 7-7111 access number, you are a "voicemail-only" user. Please contact your department telephone coordinator to receive your temporary PIN for the new system.

Converged Email/Voicemail Users
If you receive your voice messages in your email, you are a "converged" voicemail user. You will receive an email on May 28 from the system welcoming you to Unified Messaging; the welcome message will contain your new PIN.

Steps to take on May 28, 2013
To complete the setup of your new voice mailbox, please do the following on Tuesday, May 28, 2013:

  1. Call the access number at 7-7111 (541-737-7111).
  2. Enter your extension, followed by your new PIN, followed by the pound [#] sign. (See above for instructions on receiving your new PIN.)
  3. Reset your PIN if prompted. (Converged voicemail users will not need to change their PIN.)
  4. At the main menu say "Personal Options" or press [0] [0] [6].
  5. For greetings, press [2].
  6. Follow the system prompts to set your default greeting, away greeting, and name.
  7. Hang up when finished, or press [*] to return to the main menu.

 

Project Timeline

The following are important dates in the Unified Messaging project.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Notification to department computer administrators (DCAs) and telephone coordinators

Friday, April 12, 2013 Presentation at the DCA meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Presentation to Community Network Local Resource Persons (LRPs)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Migration of early adopters to Unified Messaging
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Telephone coordinator Demo/Q&A #1
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Telephone coordinator Demo/Q&A #2
Thursday, May 9, 2013 Announcement to Inform lists for staff and faculty
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Reminder to Inform lists for staff and faculty
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Migration of all voicemail accounts to Unified Messaging

 

Documentation and Support

Please see the OSU Helpdocs site for help with Unified Messaging voicemail:
Helpdocs: Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging

For flowcharts showing all options available in the voice access (7-7111) system, please see the following:
Unified Messaging Voice Access Flowcharts

For details about the migration and features:
Unified Messaging Frequently Asked Questions

 

Glossary

Voicemail-only User - someone who does not receive their voice messages in their email. Instead, they access their voicemail only through the voice access system (the 7-7111 number). Often voicemail-only accounts are for things such as department main lines, shared offices, classrooms or lab spaces.

Converged Email/Voicemail User - someone who receives their voice messages in their email.  Because the email and voicemail are in the same mailbox, converged users can do things like access their email or calendar from the voice access system, or access their voicemail messages from their email client. 

Voicemail and Preview in Outlook

Note: These instructions apply to email/voicemail converged users.

Sample Outlook Voicemail Email

Sample

Every time a Voicemail is created you will receive an email similar to the example above (buttons may be laid out differently). Simply press play to hear your voicemail.

 

Voicemail Preview

Microsoft attempts to convert voice messages to text, which you can choose to display along with the voicemail recording in your email. Keep in mind that speech-to-text translation is a "best effort" provided by the software, and may not be entirely accurate.

Preivew

  1. Go to Outlook Web App (exmail.oregonstate.edu) and log in using your exchange? email username and password.
  2. Go to: Options --> See All Options --> Phone
  3. Mark the checkboxes to include preview text with the voice messages you send/receive through Outlook Voice Access, as you prefer.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Voice Mail page and click Save to save your settings.

Voicemail-only versus Email/Voicemail Converged

If you access your voice messages only by calling the 7-7111 access number, you are a "voicemail-only" user. If you receive your voice messages in your email, you are a “converged” voicemail user.

Voicemail-only users and converged users have different voicemail options available to them. If you would like to be converted from a voicemail-only user to a converged user, please contact your office telephone coordinator.

Voicemail-only Users:

The following options are available to voicemail-only users in the voice access system (7-7111):

  • Choose between voice-activated menu or touch-tone menu.
  • Voice messages: listen, delete, save, forward, rewind, fast forward, skip to beginning, skip to end, slower, faster, flag for follow-up, mark as unread
  • Contacts: search directory, hear contact details, record a message, set priority, add/remove recipients, erase or re-record, call a contact
  • Personal Options: turn on/off away greeting, record personal greeting, record away greeting, hear your greetings, record name, change PIN, change local time zone, switch to 24-hour or 12-hour time

Email/Voicemail Converged Users:

The following options are available to email/voicemail converged users in the voice access system (7-7111):

  • Choose between voice-activated menu or touch-tone menu.
  • Voice messages: listen, delete, save, forward, rewind, fast forward, skip to beginning, skip to end, slower, faster, flag for follow-up, mark as unread
  • Contacts: search directory, hear contact details, record a message, set priority, add/remove recipients, erase or re-record, call a contact
  • Personal Options: turn on/off away greeting (can also enable email out-of-office), record personal greeting, record away greeting, hear your greetings, record name, change PIN, change local time zone, switch to 24-hour or 12-hour time
  • Calendar: hear your appointments, accept or decline invitations, hear meeting details, hear attendee details, call the organizer, email the attendees (e.g. "I'll be 5 minutes late"), reply (with a voice message)

The following options are available to email/voicemail converged users via Outlook Web App (https://exmail.oregonstate.edu/owa):

  • Set standard greeting or away greeting.
  • Have the system call your phone to record a greeting.
  • Create custom greetings based on availability, who the caller is, etc. – provide menu options to “find me” at another number or transfer to another number.
  • See the voice access number.
  • Reset your PIN (can reset a forgotten PIN).
  • Set up email or SMS text notifications for missed calls or new voicemail messages.
  • Choose the folder to read voice mail messages from when you call into the system.