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Grow Your Business Technology

Skype Adds Lync Connectivity for Cross-Platform Video Calls

Skype Adds Lync Connectivity for Cross-Platform Video Calls
Credit: Skype

Last year, Skype introduced Lync connectivity, a nifty new integration that allowed businesses to communicate with more people than ever. Not only could Skype users instant message Lync users, they also could make cross-platform audio calls — and vice versa. Now, Skype has taken the feature to the next level by making it even easier to connect between the two platforms.

Skype has now enabled cross-platform videoconferencing, letting Skype and Lync users make and receive video calls to one another using their preferred client. This means Skype users can now hold and join "face-to-face" Web meetings with Lync users by adding them to their contacts, and vice versa, without having to be on the same platform.

Read on to find out how the new feature works and how you can start using it. [11 Collaboration Tools for Small Business]

How it works

Connecting with Skype users as a Lync user and vice versa is easy. Skype aimed to make the process a seamless and familiar experience, so users don't have to learn any new technologies. All users have to do is add the contact, then make or receive voice and video calls just as they usually would on their chosen platform. Features on each client also remain the same, such as stopping, starting and sizing videos. 

To connect with a Lync contact, Skype users will need to log in to their Skype client using a Microsoft account. Lync users are also required to enable public IM connectivity to connect with a Skype user. Some privacy settings may also require users to accept invitations to be added as a Lync or Skype contact before they can communicate. For instructions on how to add Skype contacts to Lync and vice versa, check out Skype's Lync-Skype end user guide.

Administrators may also need to provision their Lync clients for Lync-Skype connectivity — find out more from Lync's provisioning guide.

System requirements

To make and receive video calls between Skype and Lync, users will need the latest version of Lync 2013 for Android, iOS and Windows. Skype users will need to update to the latest Skype for Windows version 7.0x100, which is available for download here.

Currently, Skype users can only connect to Lync contacts while on the Skype Windows client. Skype will be adding support for Android, iOS and other platforms over the next few months.

Additional plans include support for SkypeID, which Skype says should improve searching and adding contacts from the worldwide Skype directory. This feature will be available sometime during the first half of 2015, when Lync is officially relaunched as Skype for Business.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.