Lync-Skype Connectivity: New Feature of Microsoft Lync Joins Users with Millions on Skype

Microsoft Lync users, get psyched! Microsoft announced last week that Lync users can now connect to Skype using Lync 2010 or Lync 2013, including any of the 2013 mobile clients. Lync-Skype connectivity is ready to be enabled by your Lync Administrator for both Lync Server and Lync Online users.

This new feature is exciting news for Lync customers who can now easily connect with hundreds of millions of Skype users without losing any of the rich enterprise functionality they are accustomed to with Lync. This new feature further allows IT Managers to securely control a Unified Communications platform without obstructing the reach of the end-user.

Lync is a highly secure, enterprise-ready Unified Communications platform suited for organizations of all sizes. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability, send an IM, start or join an audio, video, or web conference, or make a phone call—all within one familiar interface.

The initial set of capabilities with Lync-Skype Connectivity includes:

  • VOIP audio calling and instant messaging between Lync and Skype users
  • Ability to add Skype contacts to your Lync client and vice versa
  • Presence sharing for contacts between Lync and Skype
  • Management settings for administrators

For those who already enjoy Lync’s easy-to-use, feature-rich interface, this new capability is the icing on the cake—expanding the reach of an already far-reaching product. Implementing a Unified Communications solution like Microsoft Lync can reduce costs on telephony, conferencing, travel, and IT administration, while improving end-user productivity and securely allowing IT to embrace the Bring Your Own Device trend.

If you are thinking of modernizing your organization’s communication platform or need help with your existing system, contact Cornerstone.IT. As Certified Lync and Exchange Deployment Specialists with a Microsoft Gold competency in Communications, the experts at Cornerstone are fully equipped to optimize your enterprise communication platform.

With expertise in videoconferencing, voice over Internet protocol and unified messaging, we help customers reduce cost of travel, real estate and facilities maintenance while gaining operational efficiencies. Get in touch today to learn more about how easy it can be to deploy and manage your ideal Unified Communications platform.

For more on Lync-Skype Connectivity check out this video.