Lync 2010 for Windows Phone Now Available
On Monday, Microsoft made available its Lync 2010 client app for Windows Phone.
The smartphone app for enterprise users can now be downloaded at the Windows Marketplace Web site. Microsoft indicated that versions of Lync for other smartphone platforms are on the way.
"The Lync 2010 for Windows Phone app is...available today, and Lync 2010 clients for iPhone, iPad, Android and Nokia Symbian have been submitted to their respective mobile app marketplaces and will be available as soon as they have been approved," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
According to the spokesperson, the new Lync mobile clients allow instant messaging, call-related features and audio conferencing using a Lync ID.
The mobile client is dependent on an organization having Lync 2010 Server installed. The mobile client must be provisioned by the Lync server administrator first, and that will enable users to download and begin using the various Lync 2010 mobile apps, a Microsoft unified communications team blog explained.
While the Windows Phone version features Microsoft's Metro-style user interface, the clients for iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian will use the tab interfaces familiar to those platforms, according to Microsoft.
The shipment of the Windows Phone version, at least, ends a frustrating wait by partners for a product that was first discussed in late 2010. Its promised 2011 delivery got pushed back later and later into the calendar year.
Also on Monday, Microsoft released OneNote Mobile for the iPad, the first version tailored for Apple's tablet. Microsoft also released an update (version 1.3) to OneNote Mobile for the Apple iPhone.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.