Lync & Skype association by June 2013

Microsoft publicized today that Lync and Skype services including instant messaging and showing whether a person is available for communication will be connected and available to all Lync users by June 2013, reports CNET. 

Microsoft summarized their roadmap for next 18 months,

Lync Online updates will be delivered quarterly to enable rapid customer adoption, and we will release a new Lync server version in Q2 of 2014. 

Enterprise voice in the cloud, enhance enterprise voice support to Lync Online/Office 365.

Lync meetings, improve structured meeting support to Lync Online and the next version of Lync Server enabling remaining Live Meeting customers to fully transition to Lync.

Video connectivity and interoperability to make rich video more pervasive and accessible by adding video to Skype + Lync connectivity and native interoperability between Lync and 3rd party VTCs.

Tony Bates, president of the Skype division at Microsoft, wrote in an official blog post today that: “We’re proud to announce Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This move will begin to enable what we call B2X. B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol.”

Video calling between Skype and Lync is expected to come later.