Microsoft shows off Lync Mobile for Windows Phone

The Redmond software giant has shown off yet another product previously unseen at it's Tech Ed conference in Auckland, New Zealand today. Lync was confirmed to be coming to Windows Phone, but details have been scarce, and we haven't actually seen the software in action yet.

Today, it was caught on video in a session at Tech Ed. The screenshots in this post depict a slightly older (and very buggy) build of the messenger client.

It's not clear when the client is launching, but Microsoft says it will launch the service on "iPhone, iPad, Android, Symbian and 'Something else'" in the coming weeks, so we expect it'll be unveiled when Mango hits carriers. In the same session, Microsoft also mentioned that front-facing cameras are coming to Mango, and implies that Lync Mobile will support this when it launches.

Hopefully the final versions of the client are more stable, as in the video it crashes three times during the demo. It's great to see Microsoft delivering these products so fast, and to a wide variety of platforms as well as their own. You can watch the original video below.

Mango is the major update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which brings many new features such as multitasking, IE9 support, deep social networking, integrated chat and more. The RTM software is expected to be available to retail devices in the next few weeks and new Mango hardware is releasing around the world slowly, with Fujistu releasing the first handset today.

Thanks to Alan Burchill for the video and information on this!

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bruNo_ said,
Waiting for an iPhone version and wtf this guy has weird fingers.

There is, it's called Xync and it's $20. The app is from someone else called Damaka, and it's still in development, but they have been updating it. You just install the app, enter your server and the username/pass. It's a slightly different UI, and again they're still developing this thing. I think they were getting hit on some reviews because of the price point as a beta.

I found out about it from some Microsoft Blog(s). I don't know who's doing Damaka's website, but for such a product, they should really work on their website...

A single telephone number can be used across desk phone, PC, and mobile phone. Outbound calls from a mobile device with a Lync client can enable the use of a single identity and phone number, making it easier to recognize calls from the Lync mobile client by colleagues, partners, customers, and personal contacts.

So besides the other features that this delivers, this feature quoted above is basically like Google Voice then, right? I only ask because this is the first time I hear of this product.

well done, you are on the TAP?!

It is good news for me, we have been waiting for Lync Mobile and Lync Web App for far too long.