Microsoft shows of Lync Enterprise messenger client with Kinect integration

One wonders of Lync, Microsoft’s Enterprise Messenger platform, is set to replace Windows Live Messenger on Windows phone 7. 

At Enterprise Connect Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate VP, Office Business Productivity Group at Microsoft gave a demo of Lync, showing of Sharepoint, Office 365 and even Kinect/ Xbox 360 integration.  They also gave a demo of real time text translation, with Koenigsbauer IM’ed with a Spanish-speaking colleague, writing to her in English, seeing the message come through to her in Spanish, and then reversing the process with her response.

Microsoft promised the Lync client will be coming not just to Windows phone 7, but also Android, iPhone, Symbian and Blackberry by the end of the year.

"We want to be where the users are." he said.

Microsoft’s IM client on Windows Phone 7 is pretty poorly featured, and one wonders if a native client, when it finally comes, will not have deep Lync integration, and that this may be what is holding up its release.

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