Microsoft is looking to add instant messaging to its nex gen Office suite called "Office 15" that'll work with Facebook and other social network sites, revealed in a Microsoft job posting for a lead software development engineer to join the company's Lync Server team to build next-generation communication tools.
Stephen Chapman at ZDNet posted about the job posting this morning and wondered about the utility of adding the instant messaging feature.
Here's what the job posting on Microsoft's careers site says:
The Lync Server team is building the next generation of unified communications and collaboration solution for the enterprise and Office 365, transforming the way Information Workers communicate. If you are interested in driving industry leadership & vision for Collaboration from any device anywhere any time while working in an environment that also values execution; the Lync server team is for you!
For Office 15 we're building new products to deliver integration of instant messaging/presence with social networks such as Facebook. In addition, develop Lync XMPP server to deliver seem less interoperation with other XMPP based IM/Presence/Conferencing solutions.
Microsoft has removed the job posting, link is nor more available, but here's a screenshot of the original listing: