Microsoft will be launching the Microsoft-hosted version of its Lync unified-communications server, known as Lync Online, alongside the rest of Office 365 this summer. At TechEd 2011, Microsoft execs said there'll be a Windows Phone 7 Lync mobile client available around the time that Microsoft's "Mango" Windows Phone 7.5 operating system update hits. That client will offer business instant-messaging and presence support. But Microsoft officials aren't promising -- at least not at this point -- that it'll offer audio/video conferencing or enterprise voice.
Microsoft also conceded at TechEd that Lync Online willn't support voice until some time after Office 365 launches. And enterprise voice? "Not supported" with no timeframe as to when/if it ever will be, according to this slide from a Microsoft presentation during the conference:
So what can Lync Online users expect, functionality-wise, once voice support is added to the service? According to this slide below, Microsoft execs are saying users will be able to make/receive calls to any number, set incoming calls to ring on one's mobile number and more.
[Via: All About Microsoft]