Mobile versions of Microsoft Australia’s corporate IM program, Microsoft Lync (formerly known as Microsoft Office Communicator) will soon be launched for mobile devices such as Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and iOS. Due to arrive just before or after the end of the year, the program is enterprise-level instant messenger which offers features like voice and video over IP, file sharing, collaboration, conferencing and full integration with Microsoft office via a secure local Lync server.
Previously this program was available in desktop clients for Windows and Mac, although the Mac version hasn’t yet been updated for compatibility with the latest 10.7.2 version of Lion.
The program supports SIP, TLS and SRTP for encrypted media traffic and utilizes a local server for secure communications. Lync offers its clients advanced features such as desktop sharing and windows application sharing also offers collaboration features through PowerPoint and Whiteboard. The newer versions are also expected to extend the security and AV capabilities to mobile devices. Messages can also be sent to non corporate IM clients such as Yahoo, MSN and others.