Microsoft plans to release a Lync app for Android tablets this summer, officials will announce during the opening keynote of its Lync Conference 2014on February 18.
During the keynote at the Las Vegas event, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Gurdeep Singh Pall will demonstrate the Lync Android tablet app for the 2,000 conference attendees. A beta of that app will be available to select testers this week, officials said.
Update: During the conference, officials clarified timing of the Lync Android tablet app. Derek Burney, Corporate VP, said it will be in the Google Play store by the end of June 2014.
Lync is Microsoft's unified communications platform for business users. It includes corporate instant messaging, VOIP and conferencing capabilities. Skype is Micrsosoft's unified communications platform for consumers. Microsoft positions Skype as the unified-communications choice for outside the firewall and Lync as the choice for inside the firewall.
Update: During the keynote, Microsoft officials said the next version of Lync Server will include this videoconferencing integration technology. The rumored date for the next wave of Office client and server releases is some time later this calendar year.
Pall also is on tap to announce that Microsoft will begin beta testing its promised Lync-Skype video federation starting in the next couple of months. The final delivery of that video federation capability is slated for some time in the next six to eight months, officials said.