Back in 2013, Microsoft allowed Lync users to use instant message Skype users, and later they added audio calling Skype users from Lync contact list. Today, they are adding video calling between Lync 2013 and the latest Skype for Windows desktop client. This will allow Lync users to communicate “face-to-face” with customers, partners and suppliers who use Skype.
Lync and Skype have always delivered phenomenal voice and video experiences to business and consumer users across a wide range of environments and network conditions. Now, we’re taking the best of both to make both even better.
This includes built-in security, with enterprise class encryption of both media and signaling using TLS and SRTP, enabled by default. It includes connectivity, with standards-based traversal of personal and corporate firewalls using STUN, TURN and ICE. It includes high quality, scalable video using the industry standard H.264 SVC codec. Finally, it includes the SILK audio codec as the default choice for Lync to Skype calls. SILK is used for billions of minutes of audio calls every day, and provides a phenomenal balance between audio quality, bandwidth utilization and power consumption.
Microsoft will add support to the Skype clients on additional platforms, starting with Android and iOS in the coming months. They also announced that they will add support for SkypeIDs and make it easier to find and add contacts from the worldwide Skype directory. It will be available when Lync becomes Skype for Business in the first half of 2015.
Download Skype for Windows client here.