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Microsoft begins to integrate its enterprise-focused Lync service with Skype

April 18, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Jon Russell / thenextweb

Microsoft has begun integrating Lync, its enterprise-focused communications service, with Skype according to multiple user reports that we're seeing.

Back in February,�the Redmond company announced�that the two services would be linked before June this year and -- since we're only in mid-April -- it appears that things are running healthily ahead of schedule. However, there is still some way to go as both�instant�messages and voice communications will be passable through each service to the other, while video calling is expected to take up to 12 months (from the announcement) to connect between the two.

Here's a screenshot from a TNW friend -- who'd prefer not to be named -- which shows that already contacts from Lync are beginning to appear on Skype contact lists.

Looking at Twitter, others have also noticed and appear to confirm that the integration is based on Outlook contacts, which explains why our source did not get a prompt to add Lync contacts to their Skype account.

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