Microsoft said today that Lync and Skype services including voice calls, instant messaging and showing whether a person is available for communication will be connected and available to all Lync users by June.
Lync is Microsoft’s unified corporate communications platform. Skype is the consumer-oriented Internet phone company that Microsoft acquired for $8.5 billion in 2011.
Tony Bates, president of the Skype division at Microsoft, wrote in an official blog post today that: “We’re proud to announce Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This move will begin to enable what we call B2X. B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol.”
Video connectivity for Skype-plus-Lync is coming sometime in the next 18 months, Bates wrote.