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.