Microsoft's Skype, Lync Finally in Sync
Microsoft opens the lines of communications between its enterprise and consumer offerings, but it's strictly voice and chat for now.Microsoft has bridged its consumer and enterprise communications platforms, and slightly ahead of schedule to boot. Skype and Lync users can finally call each other and participate in text chats without switching apps, the company announced. For now, Lync-Skype connectivity works only on the Skype desktop clients for Windows and Mac, but Microsoft assures that it is bringing the functionality to other platforms soon. Video calling between both platforms is also in the works. On Feb. 12, Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of Lync, told eWEEK, "By bringing the assets that we have on the consumer front with Skype and on the enterprise front with Lync, we can have a unified platform that really brings communications from the living room to the boardroom in a way that makes sense and is rationalized and connected rather than having disconnected islands." Mezgec revealed that Microsoft planned to enable voice, chat and presence reporting between Lync and Skype in June. On May 29, he announced on Skype's Big Blog that Microsoft had switched on those features a little early. "Today, we're excited to announce Skype and Lync customers around the world are now able to connect with each other from across these platforms," he wrote.
"This is our first step in combining the enterprise richness of Lync and the global reach of Skype to transform the communications experience and enable Skype users to reach professional contacts in organizations of all sizes," added Mezgec.