Microsoft has rolled out exciting new features with its Skype and Lync products and between its corporate and personal clients should make both users happy. With this, Microsoft has made it easier for clients to use both clients more efficiently.
As of Wednesday, user of both Lync and Skype will be able to add Skype contacts to Lync and Skype users will be able to add Lync contacts. Callers of both messaging platforms will also be able to make audio calls between both clients as well
Microsoft Brings Skype and Lync Customers Together
Although audio communications between Microsoft Lync and Skype clients has now been enabled, video communications will not be officially rolled out until Mid 2014, according to various Microsoft officials.
Enabling Lync to Skype and Skype to Lync Made Easy
Administrators of both Lync and Skype clients in both the corporate and Enterprise levels only have to enable the Lync-Skype connectivity on their Lync Servers according to the notes released by Microsoft. They can also enable it via the Lync Online/Office 365 if they use Office 365 in their corporations or Enterprise.
On the Lync Team Blog, Microsoft who use the Lync-Windows Live Messenger connection don’t have to do anything on their end to make it work. Lync users can connect to Skype from any of the Lync products including Lync 2010 and Lync 2013. Skype users though will need to download the latest client to speak with Lync users, and can only be used on the Windows and Mac desktop clients. Additional Windows 8 and Linux platforms are planned according to Microsoft officials.
Users of Lync noticed the ability to include Skype in early testing, but this was not enabled by Microsoft until today. The Lync product by Microsoft is an integral product for communications within the corporate world and enables workers to communicate via VOIP and IM with it. Business and Enterprise users should find this Skype and Lync integration a huge plus in their daily work and this makes the Skype acquisition even more of a positive point for Steve Ballmer and the Microsoft executive team.
Users of Skype and Lync 2013 and Lync 2010 should be able to communicate each other as of today, and various reports across the web have shown that is works very well and has a lot of fans already, in just a short days worth of rollout by Microsoft.