Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM'd) its Lync unified communications client for the Mac, company officials said on September 9.
Lync for Mac will be on Microsoft's price lists starting October 1, company officials said. Lync for Mac 2011 is available to customers as a part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU, Office for Mac Standard 2011, or through many of Microsoft's Licensing programs. Customers can also purchase the application as a standalone volume licensing SKU.
"Starting in October, our Mac customers will be able to experience the integrated communications experience that Lync has become well known for. From the updated contact cards to the ability to set up Lync conferences from Outlook 2011 for Mac to enterprise voice features, Lync for Mac 2011 offers Mac users integrated functionality for presence, instant messaging, conferencing and voice and is designed to work with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online," announced Kirk Gregersen in a blog post.
The Lync for Mac client will work in conjunction with both Lync Server and Microsoft's Lync Online service (which is available standalone and as part of Office 365). Lync is the successor to Office Communications Server and includes enterprise instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, support for presence and voice-over-IP (VOIP).
Lync for Mac quick tour: