Microsoft to release Lync app for Windows 8-Windows RT

Microsoft appears to be stepping up its plans to release new apps made specifically for Windows 8 and Windows RT. This week, the company announced that it will be releasing a version of its Lync enterprise-themed unified communications application that will be made for both of its upcoming PC operating systems.

In a post on the official Lync blog, Microsoft said:

The new Lync App – which will be available in the Windows Store in late October and will be compatible with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Server 2013 – is Lync re-imagined for the new Windows Experience, and optimized for touch, providing fast, natural, hands-on control of your communications. The new Lync App is a unified client integrating voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and instant messaging in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use client.

Microsoft released a version of Lync for Windows Phone in December 2011. This week's blog post revealed that Microsoft will release updates for the Windows Phone, iOS and Android Lync clients in the future that will offer VoIP and video features. The PC desktop version of Lync 2013 will also add Skype IM and calling support. An early version of Lync 2013 is already available to download as part of the Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview​ and the Office 365 Enterprise Preview.

Via: ZDNet.com
Source: Microsoft Lync blog | Image via Microsoft

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KevinN206 said,
Graphics look ugly when resized.

I think the full res version looks much better, although the background may need to be slightly darker. https://blogs.technet.com/cfs-....Lync_5F00_on_5F00_Win8.png


Remember that usually companies (aside The Verge) don't have all these perfect images of their all completely handsome employees with a good bit of background blur. If these screenshots were made with my school's ID pictures or my work's employee pictures it'd look horrible.

They're not fugly nor look the same but I do agree this Lync app could be much better. I think the biggest weird thing is having Lync as a full-screen app. I'm sure it'll have a docked version too, but I really hope they improve the multitasking between apps when used on a desktop/laptop.

warwagon said,
Gosh, all metro apps are fugly. They all look the same.

Actually most well made metro apps look very nice (if you actually use them instead of just bitching about what UI they use), however, this Lync client looks rushed and unpolished. I expect the UI to get much better as they get more feedback.

j2006 said,
They're not fugly nor look the same but I do agree this Lync app could be much better. I think the biggest weird thing is having Lync as a full-screen app. I'm sure it'll have a docked version too, but I really hope they improve the multitasking between apps when used on a desktop/laptop.

Yeah I really don't get the full screen messaging and chat apps. Even when docked it's not the same as a floating IM client window. The built-in messages app for instance is half way useful when docked but still feels awkward to use and something's missing. We shall see though...