Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

Summary: The iPad-optimized version of Microsoft OneNote is out, and the Lync mobile client for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Symbian phones are coming "shortly."

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The early warning indicators were right.

On December 12, Microsoft delivered for download an iPad-centric version of its OneNote note-taking app. The Softies also said to expect "very shortly" its Lync unified communications clients for the iPad.

As I blogged earlier today, Microsoft first delivered OneNote for the iPhone in January 2011. But the newest OneNote release, Version 1.3 out today, is for the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad 1 and 2. Here is Microsoft's blog post acknowledging the iPad OneNote release.

On the Lync side of the house, Microsoft made available to Windows Phone users late last night the long-awaited Lync 2010 mobile client. Microsoft told its partners last week that the Windows Phone Lync client was going to be in the Marketplace as of December 12.

Microsoft execs also said on December 12 to expect soon the Lync mobile clients for the iPad, the iPhone, Android phones and Symbian phones.

From a new post on the Microsoft Office blogs site from Pat Fox, Senior Director Marketing for Microsoft Office:

"Lync 2010 for Windows Phone is also launching today, together with an update to Lync Server 2010 that enables new Lync mobile clients. As previously discussed, we’ve developed Lync 2010 for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Nokia Symbian—these apps have been submitted to their respective mobile app stores and will be available very shortly. With Lync 2010 apps, people can check colleagues’ availability at a glance, start an IM conversation on the go or join audio conferences with a single tap."

Some had been expecting Microsoft to deliver a Lync release for RIM mobile phones/devices. I asked today if that's in the works. Here's the reply via a spokesperson:

"As we have in the past, we will continue to support the APIs and developer tools that RIM uses to develop their own mobile application for Lync. RIM currently provides Communicator and Lync mobile clients that work against both OCS 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010 on-premises. Please see here for more information on RIM-developed Blackberry mobile clients. We have nothing further to share at this time."

Lync is Microsoft’s successor to Office Communications Server; it's Microsoft’s unified communications platform that the company launched a year ago. Lync provides enterprise instant-messaging, VOIP and conferencing. There also is a Microsoft-hosted version of Lync that’s available as a standalone service and part of Office 365 that is known as Lync Online.

If you want to compare the features/functionality in the different Lync mobile clients that are on the way, Microsoft is confirming that this chart (posted by one of its partners) is accurate.

Meanwhile, if you were hoping for more official word today on some kind of Microsoft Office suite on the iPad, don't hold your breath. Microsoft execs still are not commenting on rumors that Office for the iPad will be out -- in some form -- in 2012.

There is a possible clue regarding Microsoft's thinking on Office iPad pricing, however, as of today. The "unlimited use" version of OneNote for iPad costs $14.99. (Users can use it for free for up to 500 messages.)

Topics: Windows, Collaboration, iPad, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

    This is getting weird.
    Is Microsoft supporting iOS more than its own mobile platform?
    TheCyberKnight
    • I suspect Apple threatened MS with anti-trust actions

      @TheCyberKnight
      It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Apple threatened to start anti-trust actions against MS if MS didn't support the platform that has about 95% marketshare while MS's products have less than 1% marketshare (the tablet market). All Apple has to say is "leverage Windows desktop" and MS is powerless. At least now consumers have a choice. Sure, they don't have a choice of tablets (only the iPad makes sense as a purchase) but at least we have a choice of note taking applications on the only tablet we are able to buy.
      toddybottom
      • Sorry but that logic doesn't work

        @toddybottom

        Apple would say they command the majority of the "tablet market", so they can't charge Microsoft with any kind of antitrust. Not only that, iTunes only syncs with iPods, and Microsoft doesn't own a monopoly in MP3 players either.

        Apple already made a note-taking program for the iPad anyway. Haven't you seen it yet? I'm actually surprised that they allowed Microsoft to create OneNote considering that it overlaps on their piss-poor level of functionality of Apple's own bundled app.
        Joe_Raby
      • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

        @toddybottom
        lol that has to be the most ridiculous comment I've heard. MSFT has 0 tablet marketshare. how in the world is apple going to ask for anti-trust actions LOL. It would be like apple asking for anti-trust action from adobe for not having photoshop on the ipad. dude you're smoking something good there.
        neonspark
      • "It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Apple threatened

        @toddybottom
        to start anti-trust actions against MS if MS didn't support the platform that has about 95% marketshare while MS's products have less than 1% marketshare".
        In the race to the top3 stupid statements of the year!
        Me, I wonder what kind of twisted mind can come with something like this...
        theo_durcan
      • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

        @toddybottom - You're a freak. Microsoft will never get a dime from me. They can try to sell their warez to work on the iPad. I, and most others, ain't buying.
        The Danger is Microsoft
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @TheCyberKnight,
      Why you said that? OneNote/MS Office has been part of WP since the first release. Plus the latest XBox apps have functionality not available in the iOS versions. IMO, they are doing an excellent job supporting every mobile platform, different from Apple is doing with other mobile platforms (where is the WP7.5 / Android version of FaceTime?).
      dvm
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @TheCyberKnight
      No, that is why OneNote is already available for free on Windows phones and Lync is already available. Did you read the article?
      kstap
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @TheCyberKnight Microsoft is a software company first and foremost. It makes perfect sense that they would sell software for the most popular tablet platform, regardless of who makes that platform. This isn't some conspiracy. It's just smart business.
      BillDem
      • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

        @BillDem
        Agree!!!! I believe Office for Mac is hugely profitable for MS...
        jaykayess
      • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

        @BillDem
        Agree!!!! I believe Office for Mac is hugely profitable for MS...
        jaykayess
  • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

    @toddybottom

    Could you explain how Apple is extinguishing HTML 5? I didn't quite follow that progression.
    kenosha77a
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      Apple has "extended" HTML 5 to include attributes that only work in webkit. Sound familiar? It should. This is exactly what MS did and was probably the move that started the whole "embrace, extend, extinguish" phrase.<br><br><a href="http://css-infos.net/properties/webkit" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://css-infos.net/properties/webkit</a><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish</a><br><br>Apple won't be happy until there is 1 web: a web that is only compatible with Apple browsers. They made this very obvious:
      http://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1344256/apples-html5-and-standards-gallery-not-standard
      toddybottom
  • Apple extinguishing HTML5?

    @toddybottom

    It helps [Apple] that one of their employees, and one of Google's are the leads for the HTML5 stearing group. So far, Microsoft is going along with most of the proposed changes. Who really loses? Mozilla. Google is pulling their funding now that they took most of Mozilla's ideas (which is what Google does after all - they don't innovate anything). Mozilla is being dropped like a wet rag. Google isn't open-source friendly whatsoever. I would rather be cautious about Google than Apple though, since Google has more clout in the cloud.

    Open source also loses too. Stallman always advocated for personal privacy (the whole reason why he wants to have access to source code), but Google is preventing access to source code exactly where they need to in order to keep their built-in spyware secure. Google is leveraging open source software for exactly the reason that Stallman is working against, and I think that's even worse than paying for software that's fully closed-source. At least with software that you purchase, you know that you're paying for the software. There's no such thing as a free lunch. What you don't pay in monetary worth, you pay with your personal privacy.
    Joe_Raby
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @Joe_Raby

      mozilla got in bed with the devil and now it got what they had coming. apple learned this lesson too when they partnered with google. google is the new MSFT. you partner with them, expect to be either swallowed or wipe out whent hey steal your ideas and then give away a similar product to gain marketshare using typical dumping tactics. it was the MSFT way, now it is the google way.

      I guess we know what happens when you poach a bunch of MSFT people. you start acting like MSFT. surprised?
      neonspark
  • What?

    @toddybottom <br><br>[i]Yet isn't it interesting that Apple is the one constantly putting out negative anti-MS advertising and putting out about 3 applications that are compatible with Windows while MS has released and continues to release a lot of Apple compatible software.[/i] <br><br>Microsoft is primarily a software company and Apple is primarily a hardware company. Apple build great software to drive their own hardware business. They are not in the business of building software and licensing it out to other hardware OEMs or porting to other platforms unless its beneficial to their own hardware (ala iTunes on Windows for iPods, iPhones, iPads). <br><br>Microsoft being a software company, their main competition right now is actually Google, not Apple. Google despite having Android and a larger phone market share have always develop for iOS. This is something Microsoft needed to do years back but I guess now that they're in such dire straits with mobile, it's easier to make such decisions.
    dave95.
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @dave95.

      MSFT is a platform company. doing anything that kills their platform is giving up real dollars for meaningless pennies. this is a stupid move.
      neonspark
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @dave95.
      Did you just say Apple creates great software? That's hilarious!
      kstap
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @dave95. Agree! People seem to forget that virtually every Apple desktop or laptop owner also runs Microsoft Windows and a variety of Microsoft applications. These days, Microsoft makes money no matter what system you run. Microsoft is a software company. It makes perfect sense for them to develop for the most popular tablet platform, as well as their own platforms. I'm sure fan-boys will construe this as self-destructive. In reality, it is just smart business to make as much profit as you can by riding whatever platform is selling the best.
      BillDem
    • RE: Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon

      @dave95.

      Perhaps, but boy that is one ugly interface. Apple's genius is their capacity to combine aesthetically pleasing form with function.
      oNutz