Skype and Lync Users Can Now Video Call Each Other

Microsoft launched the latest cross-app integration of Skype and Lync. Users of both platforms can finally make video calls with each other, but to do this they will need the latest Skype for Windows desktop client plus Lync 2013 to take advantage of the new  integrated feature.

Back in May 2013 Microsoft set up the first venture in cross-app integration allowing Skype and Lync users to send each other instant messages and create audio calls. Realising its success, the company stated it would add the video calling feature.

Both Skype and Lync deliver the same options for the users  to start, stop, resize, and maximize a video. Elaine Ansell of Skype said “This means Skype and Lync customers can reach even more colleagues, partners and customers, streamlining communications across both work and life.”

Microsoft’s plan is to eventually let Skype takeover Lync. Recently, Microsoft announced that the company will change the name of Lync into Skype for Business.

Gurdeep Pall in a blog post for Skype stated “In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. We believe that Skype for Business will again transform the way people communicate by giving organizations reach to hundreds of millions of Skype users outside the walls of their business.”

“We are committed to delivering the best Skype experience on each individual platform for our more than 300 million connected users,” said a Skype spokesperson. “This means launching new features like Lync-Skype video interoperability as soon as it’s available on each separate platform.”

The new feature works with the latest version of Lync 2013 on iOS, Android, or Windows. Users need to realise that the IM and audio integration functions both on Windows and Mac OS X, while the video call feature on the Skype platform is only working on Windows.

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  • Maliza Napenas