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Lync 2013 iOS App is Available

March 26, 2013

iPhone and iPad users may have thought of Microsoft Lync as something they’ll never get to use on their device of choice, but that’s no longer the case. Microsoft has recently launched Lync 2013 on Windows 8 Phone, and now it has Lync for Apple’s iOS mobile devices.

The Lync 2013 for iPad app has recently finished undergoing the App Store approval process for Apple, which made it available in the store around the end of last week. This will provide iOS users with the many business features, such as voice and video calls, instant messaging, and more.

There are also plans for an Android app to be available sometime in April. With apps for both those devices, many more mobile users will be able to connect and communicate no matter where they are or what device they use. Those without accounts can also join Lync meetings from browsers on their computers, though mobile users will need the apps.

Of course, Skype is also seeing some Lync interaction, with integration between the two in the works. Microsoft is currently expecting that to be finished in June, so there will be news on that as it’s released.

Microsoft Lync is a very helpful solution for unified communication, allowing for VoIP and video calls, instant messaging, notes, and the sharing of PowerPoint files, among other capabilities. There have been versions of earlier editions for other devices, but the latest release, Lync 2013, brings improved capabilities and better connectivity to them. Naturally, the mobile versions may lack some of the features that the full editions provide, but it’s still very useful for communicating with other Lync users from anywhere, now on more devices than ever.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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