Microsoft’s Lync 2013 Arrives on Android

With support for all Android 4.0 and newer devices

Owners of Android-based devices can now take advantage of the features of Microsoft’s Lync 2013 application, after the software was released on Windows Phone devices a few weeks back.

Lync 2013 for Android enables users to take advantage of voice and video calls over wireless networks, while also delivering instant messaging, conferencing, and other useful features.

Microsoft launched Lync on Android back in 2011, when the 2010 flavor of the app was made available for download, with some capabilities that have been inherited by the new app release, it seems.

However, Lync 2013 brings along a brand new user interface, and is also said to be easier to use, which should make it a more appealing app to all those who need it.

Those who would like to use the app on their handsets, however, will have to have a Lync account already set up to enjoy its benefits, Microsoft notes.

Additionally, the company notes that some functionality of the app might not be available for all Android users out there, or that it might require an update to Lync Server.

The main features that Lync 2013 brings to Android devices include:

- View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, voice or video call.

- Connect to Lync Meetings with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.

- Forward or simultaneously ring calls to your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number so you’ll never miss a call.

- Lync 2013 for Android provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use.

Available as version 5.0 at the moment, the application is compatible with devices running under Google’s Android 4.0 or newer OS flavor, and can be found on this page on Softpedia, up for a free download.

However, it does require connectivity to a valid copy of Microsoft Lync Server or Office 365 / Lync Online to run, the Redmond-based software giant notes.

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