Microsoft Extends Lync Availability to Apple iPhone, iPad
This is another one of those instances where the headline says it all. Microsoft Lync, the UC offering at the core of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, now extends to the Apple iPhone and iPad smartphone and tablet with the launch of a native app.
Time to give credit where credit is due: When Office 365 first launched, I was supremely critical of Microsoft’s decision to only integrate Windows Phone 7 handsets with its cloud platform. But more than that, I wasn’t so sure Microsoft would ever be able to swallow its pride enough to release apps for the Apple iOS ecosystem. I’m happy to be proven wrong, as Microsoft’s business sense has clearly overcome its pride.
Just as Microsoft has released SkyDrive storage apps for the iPhone and OneNote outboard memory tool for iPad, the Redmond empire is now expanding Office 365 into the world of Apple, with Lync as its vanguard. When I spoke to Microsoft Online Services chief Tom Rizzo last week, he said Microsoft is working hard to ensure its solutions are available on the platforms people wanted to use them on, and now it seems that the company is making good.
I don’t have a Microsoft Lync server to try out the app, but I’m sure there are plenty of Office 365 users out there who do. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.