Okay, maybe Microsoft didn’t exactly use the word promises.
But in its official blog, Tony Bates (ex-Cisco/Skype exec, now President of Skype Division at Microsoft) hid a bullet item amid a post mainly about Lync Conference and Lync 2013. Here’s the gem:
Lync and Skype connectivity. We’re proud to announce Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This move will begin to enable what we call B2X. B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol.
I’m a big fan of both Skype and Lync so I’m pretty psyched about this announcement. Never mind Bates’ coinage of a new acronym, B2X, all I care about it having Lync/Skype as one. Of course, everyone’s wondering about the mobile clients… Will it be crippled (have you seen Lync for iPhone)? Will it be ugly (have you seen Skype for Mac)? Will it work seamlessly as the independent clients now? Microsoft is going to release the Windows Phone client first — can’t blame them for that. Hopefully next comes iOS. Oh, will there even be a BlackBerry app developed for this?
June can’t come fast enough! I’m ready to be unified communicated at another level.