As company previously hinted, Microsoft Lync will soon make its smartphone debut. Currently, the enterprise instant messaging client (formerly known as Microsoft Office Communicator) has only been available to Mac and PC users, but all that is set to change next month when the software becomes available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone. Curiously, Microsoft’s New Zealand outfit had formerly stated that Symbian would be among the mix, although its mention is entirely absent from this announcement. Granted, the news seems rather informal at this point, and there’s only so much you can cram into 140 characters.
Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365 and Live@Edu. They are replacements for Windows Messenger which was used with Microsoft Exchange Server. Both Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Lync for Mac are enterprise software; unlike Windows Live Messenger, they have an expanded feature set that is targeted toward corporate environments. Lync offers advanced collaboration features through PowerPoint and Whiteboard documents as well as desktop sharing and Windows application sharing. It can also relay messages to non-corporate IM clients such as Yahoo, AIM, MSN and other services.
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