Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lync-Skype Connectivity

I am writing this post a bit late as most of you are already aware about the general availability of Lync-Skype connectivity, this great enhancement allows Lync and Skype users to add each other as their contacts and start to do IM sessions and audio calls seamlessly, Video features is on the way and we can expect this to be included soon as things are now happening rapidly with Microsoft as ever before.

Prior to this feature, Lync already has a great feature of connecting with external IM providers like Yahoo, Google Talk, AOL and Skype(before MS acquired) etc., using the Public IM connectivity feature and time is moving fast and Federation with Yahoo and AOL will end soon in mid of 2014 and now Skype has become a part of Microsoft as a result we have the new Lync-Skype connectivity at ease and enabling it is easy with prescribed guidelines and this differs from the traditional PIC configuration.

I reviewed few vital articles and sharing them here for your easy reference which would typically assist you in understanding more on this topic and also show you how to enable this feature in both Lync Online and On premise along with the detailed instructions of what an end user should do to get this feature to work on the move and few other important information in a nutshell.

First review the Lync Team blog post : Lync-Skype connectivity available today

Once you get to know the feature it's time for deployment and validating it on live and you can easily get this done with the help of the excellent Microsoft Provisioning Guide

Download: Provisioning Guide for Lync-Skype Connectivity: Lync Server 2013 and Lync Online

Finally, Check this Provisioning Lync Server for Skype Connectivity - FAQs 

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