Microsoft to deliver Lync-Skype integration in June

Users will be able to engage in IM text sessions and make voice calls between the two products

Microsoft will demonstrate on Tuesday for the first time an integration between its Lync enterprise IM, audio and video conferencing server and its Skype consumer counterpart, the latest Microsoft response to the consumerization of IT trend.

At its Lync Conference in San Diego, Microsoft officials will show the ability for Lync and Skype users to contact each other, launch IM text sessions and communicate via audio calls.

Microsoft plans to deliver that capability to Lync and Skype users in June, with a similar video-conferencing integration feature coming later.

The effort to integrate Lync and Skype flows out of Microsoft's strategy to fuse the barriers between home and work, said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of enterprise product marketing for the Skype division at Microsoft.

"Communication experiences are very personal human expressions and we know we can provide a platform that delivers from the living room to the board room," he said.

Microsoft is also announcing an initiative called Lync Room System designed to push the Lync server software into conference rooms with outdated and insufficient voice and video capabilities.

For the Lync Room System project, Microsoft is partnering with hardware providers Crestron, Lifesize, Polycom and Smart Technologies, each of which would take the lead in pursuing sales opportunities.

Microsoft also plans to release next month Windows Phone 8 and iOS mobile applications for Lync 2013, and for Android in April. The applications will allow users to do voice-over-IP and video-over-IP communications. In addition, iPad users will be able to view shared desktop and application content in Lync meetings.

In the next 18 months, Microsoft will add enterprise voice capabilities and Web meetings to Lync Online, the version of the product that is cloud-hosted in Microsoft data centers. A new version of the on-premises server is slated for the second quarter of next year.

Microsoft has now sold 5 million enterprise voice Lync seats. The product is in use at 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, and the partner roster has hit 1,000.

With its Lync product, Microsoft competes primarily against Cisco's WebEx online meetings and voice and video-conferencing product and TelePresence tools. Other players in this segment of the enterprise-collaboration market include IBM and Google.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftcollaborationsoftwareapplications

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?