Microsoft's Lync 2013 lands in the Windows Phone 8 Store

One of the biggest problems on the Windows Phone ecosystem is lack of quality apps. Trying to fix that Microsoft has just released Lync 2013 for Windows Phone 8, filling a pretty glaring hole in the markeplace.

Lync 2013 is an enterprise application that allows folks to connect to their companies' servers and offers VOIP, messaging and other communication features. The service used to be separate from Microsoft's Skype but recently, the two are now being integrated to offer higher quality VOIP and video capabilities. This latest app is expected to receive further updates to bring it up to par with Microsoft's other mobile offerings. More integration between Skype and Lync is also expected so users can look forward to numerous updates in the coming months.

Lync had already been a Windows Phone app but there was no support for the 2013 version so users of Microsoft's latest and greatest had no access to it. Thankfully that has been solved, and folks can download the app from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Via: WMPU |Image via Windows Phone Store

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The new app looks great and so fast!!!! But yes, you need to upgrade server to 2013 to use this. So if you're using 2010, you'll need to still use 2010 which is why they kept the 2010 version in the Store I guess.

Unfortunately the new mobile clients aren't backwards compatible with Lync Server 2010. This means that anyone who wants to use the new clients needs to upgrade their server version to 2013.

Hoping my company's Office 365 account gets upgraded soon so I can finally make use of a decent Lync client. The 2010 version of it is extremely slow to use. It takes forever to get into the actual message when you click on a notification. Usually it is slow enough to cause Lync to think I missed a message and email me instead.

Lync 2010 client worked fine on WP8 on my 8X with Lync Server 2010. Unfortunately the 2013 client, which will install without removing the 2010 version, apparently needs an upgrade or configuration change on the server side to function. The desktop 2013 version does work with our 2010 server, although there are a few functions that aren't supported.

Lync had already been a Windows Phone app but there was no support for Windows Phone 8 so users of Microsoft's latest and greatest mobile OS had no access to it.

The author is completely wrong or mislead here. I'm using the existing Lync 2010 client on my Lumia 920 just fine. My workplace recently migrated to Lync 2010 and I can't use Lync 2013 client because the server will not support any 2010 clients.

I guess this application is something like what NetMeeeting was back in the old days hey?
I had it with my copy of MS Office Pro Plus 2013, but I ended up uninstalling it.
I'm sure it's probably pretty good if you actually have a use for it.

LUTZIFER said,
I guess this application is something like what NetMeeeting was back in the old days hey?
I had it with my copy of MS Office Pro Plus 2013, but I ended up uninstalling it.
I'm sure it's probably pretty good if you actually have a use for it.

It's a corporate IM platform with the ability to do audio/video conferencing and remote assistance support to PCs in the organization with the client installed.

that's good, but.. since iOS and Android dominate the market, they should at least work on creating 2013 versions for those OSes as well. i use lync in my everyday communication and it sucks that the android version lacks of many features.