Lync-Skype Connectivity

by Arman Obosyan 29. May 2013 09:42

Lync-Skype connectivity gives Microsoft Lync users the ability to communicate with hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide. This enables Lync customers to take advantage of the global reach of Skype to connect with suppliers, customers, and partners—while still relying on the enterprise richness of Lync.

Features that are included

  • Contacts Lync users add Skype contacts by typing their Skype users' Microsoft account names into Lync's “Add Skype Contact” window (available through “Add a contact not in my organization”). Skype users can likewise add Lync contacts by typing their email addresses into the search bar within Skype and clicking “Add Contact”.
  • Presence Online status availability—Available, Offline, Busy, Away, etc.—will be displayed for both Skype and Lync contacts in a user's contact list within Office applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Audio Calling Call Skype or Lync contacts directly from within the Lync or Skype applications for one-on-one voice conversations. The in-call experience appears like a Skype call to the Skype user and a Lync call to the Lync user.
  • Instant Messaging Carry on one-on-one IM conversations with Lync users from within Skype and vice versa and maintain a transcript of those conversations in your conversation history (Lync) or via View…Messages (Skype).


Lync Online and Lync Server both support connectivity with Skype. This connectivity allows Lync and Skype users to communicate with each other, add each other as contacts, and see each others' presence. This guide for Lync Online administrators and Lync Server Administrators describes how to enable connectivity between Lync and Skype users.

For more information download Provisioning Guide for Lync-Skype Connectivity

Version: 1.0
Date Published: 5/29/2013
File name: Provisioning Guide for Lync - Skype Connectivity.doc
File size: 1.4 MB

More information is available at Lync Team Blog Lync-Skype connectivity available today

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Arman Obosyan have more than 20+ years’ work experience in Information Technologies sector.

Last few years he working on a position Technology Strategist at Microsoft Corporation, In the past Arman was Head of IT Infrastructure in Governmental Central Bank of Georgia (National Bank of Georgia).

Nowadays Arman is supporting C-Level and enabling business, visionary with a passion of technology, trends.


Certified since 2003 year, passed following certifications MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, Exin ITIL and VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Founder / Lead of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) Club Tbilisi and Community GE project 

In 2010 Was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

2017 MVP Reconnect


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