Microsoft Enables Video Calling Between Lync And Skype

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Microsoft announced today that it has now enabled video calling between Lync and Skype.

"As you may remember, in 2013, Microsoft enabled Lync users to contact people on Skype using Instant messaging, presence, and audio calling between Lync 2013 and the latest Skype for Windows desktop client and today’s announcement is the next step, with the addition of video calling," a spokesperson for the company said in an email.

"The experience is easy and familiar, whether you’re using Lync or Skype to make the call," they said. "It’s the same way you make any other video call and includes the same options for starting, stopping and re-sizing."

The video calling requires the Lync 2013 client on either Android, iOS, or Windows, and works with the Skype for Windows desktop client only at this point. More here.

Microsoft recently announced that the next version of Lync will actually be Skype for Business, which the company says brings together “the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance, and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for doing things together.”

Skype for Business will come with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. The transition will occur in the first half of next year.

Microsoft also recently added Skype document chat to Office Online.

Image via Microsoft

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