Microsoft starting to roll out the promised video federation between its Skype and Lync unified-communications services.
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Microsoft is rebranding its unified-communications line-up from Lync to Skype for Business, and is readying the next releases of those products for the first half of 2015.
North American users of Microsoft's Lync cloud-hosted unified-communications service have been experiencing connection issues for hours.
Microsoft plans to release its Lync unified communications app for Android tablets this summer. It also will deliver federated video across Lync and Skype before the end of 2014.
An updated version of Microsoft's 'Metro-Style' Lync unified-communications app, which takes advantage of some new Windows 8.1 features, is available for download.
AT&T business customers will now have access to Microsoft Lync services for unified communications following a deal between the two firms.
The Microsoft Business Division is continuing with its mobile and cross-platform focus, delivering the latest Lync unified communications bits for Windows Phone 8, iPhone and iPad this week.
Combining consumer and business communications platforms is nothing new, but the scope of Microsoft's work in this area could tilt the playing field.
Microsoft looks to be ready to roll out its Lync unified communications client for Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, Symbian and the iPad on December 12.
Microsoft is readying the Mac client version of its Lync unified communications product. The Lync Mac client RTM'd on September 8 and will be on price lists next month.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has revealed that it recently deployed the 2010 version of Microsoft's Lync unified communications server to some 32,000 staff across its operations, in one of the largest known roll-outs of the newly integrated and re-branded technology in Australia so far.
It's always interesting to watch the collective internet's response to moves by Microsoft, which are almost unanimously viewed with something bordering on suspicion and contempt. Yet, there seems to be very little consideration of the fact that Microsoft's US$8.5 billion has shrewdly turned the company into what is effectively the world's biggest global telecoms operator — and given it an express pass to use that operator to unify its massively popular desktop computing, enterprise and gaming environments with its nascent mobile effort.
The software giant hopes to integrate Skype's VoIP and video-chat services with its platforms, including Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and Windows Phone
The company's new range of products encompasses desktop software that can be deployed on a managed or private network, all the way up to dedicated full-room builds
Jetstar has been revealed as one of the first customers to deploy Microsoft's Lync unified communications suite — the software formerly known as Office Communications Server.
Microsoft launched the latest version of its unified-communications server, now known as Lync Server, on November 17. The Lync Server and client aren't available for purchase until December 1, but a 180-day trial version is available to those interested in kicking the tires starting today.
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