It has been a long journey and it has been a long wait, but today Lync Mobile for Windows Phone 7 made its debut on the marketplace today. This is a great day as Microsoft’s mobile strategy has been contingent on getting the mobile software launched.
Microsoft created a page as part of the Lync product site related to the mobile clients. That site has hyperlinks to the different mobile products and right now the only one available is for Windows Phone. That site can be found here. I for one am waiting patiently for the iPad client as I am currently using Xync from Damaka and would love to see the client from Microsoft. The last time I looked at the native iPad client, it was an internal dogfood and was very exciting. So I look forward to seeing what is coming next!!!
What’s in it?
The real question is “what will the mobile client’s support”? That is a truly loaded question. What is important to understand is that VoIP, Video, Video Conference and conferencing content will not be displayed in the current clients. More details on that is available in the technet documentation for mobile clients here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh691004.aspx.
How do we make it work?
The NextHop team has published a terrific article that talks about how to find information on the mobility server updates in CU4 and the mobile clients here http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/. It isn’t as simple as just connecting the client and go, there is a little preparation that will be required for your organization. That is a good thing.
If you are a Lync Online customer (like I am), you will also have to make an infrastructure change to support mobile clients and specifically the Lync Mobile client for WP7. The office365 team has published an article that specifically calls out the DNS change that will be required to support Lync Mobile clients. Internally at Janalent, we had to make the necessary DNS changes ourselves to support Lync Mobile and now I can say that we are happy Lync Mobile users.
I know that ITPros want as much information as possible. There is an update protocol and port poster available from Microsoft with the details around the mobility server and mobile clients.
Hope you find the information useful. Follow me on twitter @mfdsam for additional Lync information.