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.