Hot Xmas treat for WinPho punters - Office doc sharing
Just what you've always wanted - a mobile Lync client
Microsoft's communications platform Lync has gone mobile with a Windows Phone client, but we're still waiting for the promised iPhone and Android clients billed as "coming soon".
Lync is the platform formally known as "Microsoft Office Communicator", and provides shared access to Office documents as well as shared working spaces (whiteboards, presentations) for collaborative working. So far that sharing has been restricted to those sitting at a desk, but now the handful of people with a Windows Phone handset will be able to join the party.
They'll need a Lync server too, but once that's up and running it will manage calls and messaging within the intranet, and provide a gateway to the various messaging services employes might already be using. Lync also enables conference calling at the touch of a button, as long as everyone involved in the conference is using Lync too.
Android and iOS versions of Lync are promised, as well as an iPad version for those who've run out of patience waiting for their new Windows tablet.
Speaking of which - Microsoft has also updated the iOS version of OneNote, the killer application of the company's last foray into tablet computing. The new iOS version still isn't as good as the Windows XP Tablet edition, which allowed the user to literally circle interesting things to be stuck into an electronic scrapbook, but it integrates better with Microsoft's SkyDrive and offers an improved interface - all for $5 or $15 depending on the girth of your iDevice.
Microsoft is betting a lot on Lync, described by none other than Bill Gates as "probably the most important thing to happen for the office worker since the PC came along". iOS ports of OneNote would seem to show Redmond embracing alternative platforms, but the decision to start with Windows Phone also shows how Microsoft still sees one platform fuelling sales of another. ®
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Right on time Barry, congratulations.
As for the content of your comment - I'm disappointed that you didn't make up a problem with the software, rather than resorting to suggesting that there aren't many users and by implication it's crap. Linux doesn't have many users compared to Windows, Apple doesn't have many users compared to Windows, there are only a few thousand z Servers, are they all crap? Of course not.
At the time of posting, everyone who has posted something about Barry, has a single downvote, Barry has a single upvote.
Bloody hell Barry, do you just sit waiting for a Windows Phone story to pop up so you can troll? Can i suggest you ask Santa for some friends for Christmas, seems like you need to get out more.