Microsoft also announced the release of new suite of Lync 2013 mobile applications available from March for Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android. Android users will be getting the app a month after the release for the other two platforms. The Mobile App of Lync will feature voice and video chat while iPad owners will be treated with shared desktop and app content on their devices.
Lync is Microsoft’s enterprise communications platform which is currently being used by 90 out of the Fortune 100 companies. Microsoft has managed to garner over 1000 partners from across the globe for Lync. Further, it has also managed to sell over 5 million paid subscriptions in 2012 as compared to 3 million in 2011.
Microsoft’s Tony Bates, the president of Skype division, said, “B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol.” The Windows 8 explains this in more simple manner: “This move puts Microsoft in the unique position of being the only company able to deliver communications solutions from the living room to the board room and all points in between.”
The interoperability between Skpye and Lync may be a direct result of the recent efforts that Microsoft has put into for Skype. Microsoft changed Skype’s architecture recently and now it doesn’t fully depend on P2P thereby easing out the interoperability between the two systems.
Editor’s Note: With additional reporting from Mittal Mandalia