Skype & Lync Can Now Talk To Each Other

The road to unification continues at Microsoft and Lync-Skype connectivity is available as of today.  For those not familiar with Lync, it is essentially Skype for the enterprise.  Previously it was not possible for a Lync user to call (or message) a Skype user, or the reverse.  With this update the pieces of software can now interoperate. The initial features announce today are

  • Adding Skype contacts to Lync and vice-versa, enabling presence sharing
  • Audio calling and instant messaging between Lync and Skype users
  • Management settings for Lync administrators

BJ Haberkorn, director of Lync product marketing explains how Lync users can add Skype contacts:

Lync users add Skype contacts by typing their Skype users’ Microsoft account names into the Add Skype Contact window in Lync. Click the Add a Contact icon > Add a Contact Not in My Organization > Skype, then enter their Skype contact information and click OK.


The experience appears like a Lync call to the Lync user and a Skype call to the Skype user.

And remember, Skype users need to sign in to Skype with a Microsoft account, which can be linked to an existing Skype ID.

Read BJ Haberkorn’s full blog post on the Lync Team Blog on TechNet


  • techieg

    Nice. This is one of the reasons Cisco is so scared. Boo-oo-oo

  • norsem4n

    I can’t stand Cisco and their whining. I have some cheese and grapes for them!

    • frankwick

      The whole Cisco thing is a mess!!! WebEx + Jabber + Jabber for Telepresence Sometimes you need a VPN some times you don’t. The products don’t even look the same. argh!!

  • jgerb0


  • frankwick

    Right now with Lync you need a $100,000 cisco media gateway to connect to their telepres rooms. Microsoft is building this functionality into Lync in Q4 this year. Keep that in mind if you are doing a deployment — you can save some cash.

  • Chris

    Is this only Lync 2013 or can 2010 that can now connect to Skype accounts?