Microsoft at the Lync Conference in San Diego, shared its vision for the future of communications as “re-humanizing communications “from the living room to the boardroom.”
“People are at the center of this vision,” stated Microsoft Skype Division President Tony Bates. Microsoft provided an updated roadmap of Lync unified-communications platform including the news that Lync-Skype connectivity/federation is coming.
“Lync and Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June,” stated Bates adding, “This move will begin to enable B2X, which places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions.”
Microsoft also uneiled new Lync Room System that make easy to share any content on a computer and “it is all automatically configured so you can start your meetings without technical difficulties,” Bates expalins.
Microsoft said that Lync 2013 mobile apps for Windows Phone 8 and iOS will be available in early March, with Android coming roughly a month later. The new apps will come with added “VoIP and video over IP, and the ability for iPad users to view shared desktop and application content in a Lync meeting.”
In addition to above, Microsoft also announced that it will deliver following additional product in the next 18 months:
- “Lync online/server updates will be delivered quarterly to enable rapid customer adoption, and a new Lync server version will be released in Q2 of 2014.
- Enterprise voice support to Lync Online/Office 365 is on the list.
- Structured Lync meeting support to Lync Online and the next version of Lync Server enabling remaining Live Meeting customers to fully transition to Lync.
- Video connectivity and interoperability to make rich video more pervasive and accessible “by adding video to Skype + Lync connectivity and native interoperability between Lync and 3rd party VTCs.”
Additionally, Microsoft shared the momentum build around Lync 2013 stating:
- “We now have 5 million seats of enterprise voice deployed, up from 3 million just 14 months ago.
- 90 out of the Fortune 100 companies are Lync customers
- Our partner ecosystem continues to grow. “We now have 1000 partners that have chosen to bet their business on a software-centric solution for communication,” added Bates.”