Microsoft Lync lands in the Windows Phone Marketplace

It was not long ago that Microsoft Lync was rumored to be hitting the Windows Phone Marketplace and those rumors were spot on as the application is now available. You can download the app here or directly on your Windows Phone.

The application was rumored to land on December 12 but hit a few hours early (at least in the EST time zone) to be available on December 11. 

Lync is designed to be a software program that offers businesses and enterprise customers a number of instant messaging, VOIP and conferencing features. The service is supposed to offer businesses more features than Skype, Microsoft's newly acquired VOIP messaging service that's geared more for consumers.

For those of you that are wondering what differences there will be in the various Lync Mobile versions, Netherlands consultant Sebastiaan Poels has created a comparison chart showing which features are supported on which operation system. Based on looking at the chart, it looks like Android users get the short end of the stick as that version is missing several features that will be a part of the other mobile clients.

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snuffy said,
there are bits to install and configure on the server...not a simple process I'm afraid...

Good thing Microsoft made all this clear and simple, right?

Just installed this and it wont connect to two different accounts that work just fine over the same WiFi network on Windows 7 Desktops (HTC Radar)

Riva said,
Just installed this and it wont connect to two different accounts that work just fine over the same WiFi network on Windows 7 Desktops (HTC Radar)

You need to install the Lync Mobility & Autodiscover service on your Lync server to support them. These are required since Lync must talk to Apple/Microsoft Push notification services when the apps are running in the background

Robbeke said,

You need to install the Lync Mobility & Autodiscover service on your Lync server to support them. These are required since Lync must talk to Apple/Microsoft Push notification services when the apps are running in the background

One of the accounts is Office 365 so I would expect it to just work at least on that. I have a custom domain with autodiscovery configured there and the windows desktop client automatically detects the server. Anything I am missing?

Now if online they released Skype for Windows Phone. I've sold my iPhone4, purchased Limia 800. Skype is the only app that I really miss.

Mutabor said,
Now if online they released Skype for Windows Phone. I've sold my iPhone4, purchased Limia 800. Skype is the only app that I really miss.

Lumia 900 is around the corner skype will be out by then. Hopefully.

Mutabor said,
Now if online they released Skype for Windows Phone. I've sold my iPhone4, purchased Limia 800. Skype is the only app that I really miss.

Skype and Playstation suite, now that would be madness.

P1R4T3 said,

Skype and Playstation suite, now that would be madness.

I can understand your Skype pain, but Skype never supported Windows Phone or Mobile. Microsoft always tests solutions properly before they release them so I wouldn't expect an application released very soon after the acquisition of Skype. I would say give it 6+ Months

Riva said,

I can understand your Skype pain, but Skype never supported Windows Phone or Mobile. Microsoft always tests solutions properly before they release them so I wouldn't expect an application released very soon after the acquisition of Skype. I would say give it 6+ Months

Ermmm not really ... Skype was available for Windows Mobile for a long time until about six months before Windows Phone came out. I still have Skype installed on my HTC Touch Diamond and working fine (even though I don't use that phone anymore now I have a Windows Phone).

aniv said,
Was part of the Lync TAP ...aah its hard to keep my mouth shut for almost a year. Finally

Seriously, a year? Dayum.

aniv said,
Was part of the Lync TAP ...aah its hard to keep my mouth shut for almost a year. Finally

Ditto only I have it for my android phone....

Just waiting for work to setup the External Lync settings and ill be giving this a whirl

Strange how its first release yet its already v4 lol

Owen W said,

How long has it taken for Lync to get on Windows Phone now?

Well you can't expect them to have everything available for Windows Phone right away. Besides, Microsoft is getting better at this whole integration idea at an accelerating rate. Sure they're not "there" yet, but they're taking big steps in the right direction, the latest Xbox update being an example.

Enron said,

Well you can't expect them to have everything available for Windows Phone right away. Besides, Microsoft is getting better at this whole integration idea at an accelerating rate. Sure they're not "there" yet, but they're taking big steps in the right direction, the latest Xbox update being an example.


You can't expect them to have everything available even though they're separate teams?

Owen W said,
Microsoft really, really sucks at their own game.

It's a bit more complicated than that. They are not just releasing a Windows Phone client but an entire Mobility stack for Lync Server:

- They had to develop the infrastructure components for Lync server to support mobility clients in their current form
- The iOS, Android, Blackberry and Nokia are expected in the next few days. It's not just Lync for Windows Phone

They just released the Windows Phone version a bit earlier than the other clients (which is logical as it is their own platform).