Microsoft delivered Lync Mobile 2010 for Windows Phone on Monday.
Microsoft’s Lync Mobile application will come in a variety of applications for the top mobile ecosystems. Microsoft will also release a Lync mobile application for iOS, Android and BlackBerry simultaneously within the next few days. The application includes instant messaging and the ability to see the prescence of co-workers. The app is a free download from the Windows Phone marketplace.
Microsoft’s Lync 2010 provides a single platform that integrates various means of communication in the world of business. Known previously as Communications Server, Communications Online and Communicator, the new Lync branding brings together the products and now includes Lync Web App, and Lync Online. Lync 2010 unifies enterprise voice, instant messaging and web, audio and video conference – all within the same user experience and back-end infrastructure. Microsoft first demonstrated its next generation Office Communicator in June this year. The software Released to Manufacturing on October 28 and was released to businesses on December 1. Microsoft Lync 2010 contains several new features including activity feeds, contact card changes and 720p HD webcam video over Lync. Office Communications Server (now re-branded Microsoft Lync Server 2010) is used at large businesses and corporations for employee internal instant messaging. It’s the business version of Microsoft’s popular Windows Live Messenger.
Microsoft recently launched a Mac version of its Lync client. Lync for Mac 2011 is available to customers as part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU, Office for Mac Standard 2011 or Microsoft’s other licensing programs. Microsoft also offers businesses the opportunity to purchase standalone licences. Microsoft’s Xbox console will also be updated to include support for video conferencing between Lync and Kinect video. Microsoft is also expected to bridge Skype to Lync after its $8.5 billion acquisition deal was approved by the European Commission recently.
Microsoft’s Lync Mobile app includes the following features:
- View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, or a phone call.
- Connect to Lync conference calls with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.
- Make and receive calls using your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number only, so you can connect with others using a single, consistent identity.
- Lync 2010 for Windows Phone provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use.