Skype users could make video calls to business users of Office 365’s video and call conferencing platform Lync in the latest step to integrate the two Microsoft-owned platforms, the company announced in a blog post.
Skype was the de facto tool for long-distance and international calls for many small and medium businesses.
Lync and Skype became connected last year for audio calling and instant messaging with more than 10,000 unique domain names on this service.
Other developments included the launch of the first Lync app for Android tablets. Lync Online uses could now make calls to Skype, Office 365 or PSTN (the standard phone network) callers. Skype users could also connect to gamers on the Microsoft console XBox One.
“Professionals will be able to connect in the same ways with co-workers, business partners and customers around the globe, from the applications they use to run their businesses,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for Lync and Skype engineering, Microsoft.
Other strategies to achieve Lync and Skype’s universal communication vision included making communications accessible in Xbox One, Microsoft Office, Outlook.com, search tool Bing, document management platform SharePoint and instant messaging program Yammer.
A business could run its phone system with Lync Server, which was available as a private cloud service from Microsoft partners.
Lync was launched in 2010 and has grown to a US$1 billion communications business.