Microsoft's communications services--Skype and enterprise-ready Lync--will now interoperate, meaning customers around the world are now able to connect with each other from across these platforms.
The interoperability brings the ability to send messag or place an audio call. Support for video calling and other features, as well as support for additional platforms, are still in the works.
The inter connectivity is currently supported on Windows and Mac desktop clients, "with more options coming soon as other clients are updated," Microsoft stated.
"With Lync-Skype connectivity, Skype users will now be able to reach a broader network of colleagues, partners and customers who are using Lync, Microsoft's unified communications platform, connecting them into organizations of all sizes. Lync provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and meetings for business productivity," the team stated.
How is how it work?
- All you need to connect with your contacts on Lync is the latest Skype client, available from Skype.com, and a Microsoft account.
- Sign into Skype with a Microsoft account. If you already have a SkypeID, or a Skype contact list you'd like to merge, you can merge the two together during sign-in. If you happen to have multiple Skype accounts, because you use one for work and another for personal contacts, make sure to sign in with the Microsoft account you use for work or personal use before connecting it to a SkypeID used for the same purpose.
- You can add Lync contacts by using their email address to search and find them.
- Once you've identified the people you want to connect with and they have accepted your contact request, you can instant message or audio call them and begin talking!