Microsoft to make Lync 2013 mobile apps available in coming months

Windows Phone 8 and iOS apps will come first, then Android apps

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will make Lync 2013 mobile apps available for Windows Phone 8 and iOS devices in early March, and will have mobile apps for Android the following month, announced Tony Bates, president of the company's Skype Division. He made the announcement at the first Lync users conference being held this week in San Diego.

Microsoft has added VoIP and video over IP to all of its apps, as well as the ability for iPad users to view shared desktop and app content in a Lync meeting, Bates wrote in a blog.

Bates also announced the long-rumored connectivity between users of Microsoft's Lync unified communications platform and its Skype VoIP division.

Microsoft revealed last fall that it was moving its Lync product to its Skype division. "This move aligns the best of our consumer and business solutions and will position Microsoft to continue to redefine how the world communicates at home, at work and on the go," Microsoft told telecom analyst Dave Michels.

As a result of the combination, presence, instant messaging and telephony will available to Lync users by June. However, the addition of video to the Skype-Lync connectivity is not coming for 18 months.

Skype, which Microsoft acquired for $8.5 billion in 2011,  is expected to reach $2 billion in annual sales for the current fiscal year, close to the size of its SharePoint business, according to an interview in Bloomberg.

Microsoft is also delivering other Lync products in the next 18 months: a new Lync server in the second quarter of 2014, along with quarterly Lync Online updates; enterprise voice support for Lync Online and Office 365; structured meeting support for Lync Online to enable the transition of Live Meeting customers to Lync; and interoperability between Lync and third-party video teleconferences.

For more:
- see Bates' blog
- read the Bloomberg article

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