Lync-Skype Connectivity Arriving by June 2013


By Blake Shepard, Senior Business Planner, Lync

On February 19th Tony Bates, President of Microsoft’s Skype Division, announced in the keynote address at the Lync Conference and also in a blog post that Lync-Skype Connectivity for presence, IM, and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This article is a follow-up to provide additional details and answers to the most frequently asked questions as we set out on the journey to re-humanize communications “from the living room to the boardroom.”

Lync-Skype Connectivity, available for both Lync Online and Lync Server, will enable Lync customers to connect and collaborate with suppliers, customers, and partners—relying on the richness of Lync and leveraging the reach of Skype. The upcoming release is an important first step unlocking the combined value of Lync and Skype. Over time, we will add more capabilities, with video calling as our next priority.

Many Lync users are already enjoying IM and presence connectivity with their former Windows Live Messenger contacts who have transitioned to Skype as part of Messenger’s retirement. By June, we will enable audio calls between Lync and Skype and the ability for Skype users to find Lync users and add them to their Skype contact lists. We will make another announcement when this next set of capabilities is available. Meanwhile, below are the most common questions that we’ve been receiving from customers about where we are today.

FAQs

Is IM and presence available today between Lync and Skype? Yes, on a limited basis. This functionality is enabled as part of the transition from Windows Live Messenger to Skype. Messenger users’ federated Lync contacts follow the transition into Skype with the rest of their buddy lists, and IM between Skype and Lync for these contacts is available immediately. Lync customers do not need to do anything to enable this continuity of service, but Skype users must sign into Skype using the same Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) as was used for Messenger. (Note: Adding new Lync federated contacts into Skype and audio calling between Skype and Lync will both be available by June.)

Can Skype users add Lync users to their contact lists today? No, but this feature will be part of the enhancements delivered by June. The current set of capabilities is specific to enabling the Windows Live Messenger transition.

Can Lync users add Skype users to their Lync contact lists today? Lync users can add Skype users’ Microsoft accounts to their contact lists the same way that they have been able to add Messenger contacts (capability must be enabled by Lync administrator), and Skype users can sign in with Microsoft accounts (formerly known as Windows Live IDs).  When both of these occur, IM and presence connectivity between Lync and Skype is established.

What communications capabilities will be supported between Lync and Skype as part of the upcoming release? Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, one-on-one IM, and audio calling will be available to all Lync users by June. Over time, we will add more capabilities, with video calling as our next priority.

What must Skype users do to connect to Lync contacts in the upcoming release? There are two requirements for Skype users to use all of the features: 1) Use the updated Skype client (release TBD, but by June), and; 2) Sign-in to Skype with a Microsoft account (which can be associated with an existing Skype ID).

Will Skype Connectivity work with Lync 2010? Yes, Lync 2010 is supported the same as Lync 2013.

What Lync licenses are required for Skype Connectivity? Skype Connectivity is licensed as part of Lync Standard CAL, Lync Online Plan 1, Lync Online Plan 2, or Lync Online Plan 3.

Comments (20)

  1. Anonymous says:

    You can add a skype account without being associated with a live id?

  2. satya11 says:

    Hi ,

    We are having problem to send invitation to Skype user even upgraded to online SIP .  Both user not getting notification .

  3. stan says:

    In what a difference with federation in Lync 2013?

  4. Nilesh says:

    can we expect office communicator of outlook & lync connectivity any time soon

  5. Ming says:

    Doubt it. MS is never on schedule. And if they are, bug and fixes patches are applied. hey nobody or system us perfect but tell us credible information for once. Administradors who support your software programming atleast should have that so we keep on schedule with side projects.

  6. Vermyndax says:

    …and ignoring federation with Jabber customers via Lync Online continues.

  7. 127 says:

    "Can Lync users add Skype users to their Lync contact lists today? "

    Unfortunally if Lync add a Skype user, Skype client will not give any popup or msg about authentification.

    So both directions cannot add each other. Currently you can workaround if you also have WLM installed.

    Auth by WLM, next to use Skype. But due WLM will switched off at least at 30.04. there will be a gap between this date and June 🙁

  8. 127 says:

    with new Skype v6.3 is seems to be possible to add Skype buddies to Lync now

    Skype will popup for auth than (if v6.3)

    Vice versa seems still. not to work

  9. DAN B says:

    IM confused….What is the difference between, LYNC, Windows Messenger, Communicator, & SKYPE. I have a seperate account on each, how do I combine them?

  10. Tim Moolic says:

    Our business is a major Skype user 80+ people, utilizing incoming and outgoing calls to landlines.   Will Lync support these Skype features without purchasing a separate telecomm service?  Also why did you remove call transfers from Skype?  That's a major customer satisfaction issue.

  11. shri says:

    lync 2010 is compatible for HTC DESIRE V

  12. zack says:

    Can you add the email notification to Skype? This is one of the reasons why I'm still using WLM.

    Another reason is that in China, still a lot of people are using WLM, if we switch to Skype, we CAN'T add WLM users any more.

  13. Tomaz Hiti says:

    Is there a tutorial on how to setup Lync 2010 connectivity to Skype and are all the features described in the FAQ above available ?

  14. Christian says:

    @Tomaz: You can download the provisioning guide from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

    This guide was written for Lync Server 2013 but works for Lync 2010 as well. If you want to update the Public Provider name from "MSN" to "Skype" as described on page 9, you should keep in mind that the -IconUrl parameter is not supported for the Lync 2010 version of the *-csPublicProvider PowerShell commandlets.

  15. frankwick says:

    Vermyndax, jabber integration? Most jabber users come to Lync to forget jabber. What a freakin nightmare that Cisco suite is!!

  16. Abaass says:

    AbAsss

  17. blanka.dubovecka1 says:

    Blanka

  18. Chris says:

    Any news on when Lync/Skype video will be available?

    Cheers

  19. Fainaz vp says:

    Skype V2 which is in beta state will have video facilities, but no ETA available yet.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2014/02/18/microsoft-lync-skype-connectivity-v2-adds-video-and-more.aspx

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