In October I wrote here that the Microsoft UC team needed to widen the clients available for Lync and I hoped the Communicator client release for Mac OS X would flow through to their mobile clients. The good news seems to be that this now seems to be coming to fruition.
At the Lync launch event Microsoft announced an official Lync client for iPhone will be inbound during 2011. Microsoft are also working with RIM on a Blackberry client – RIM wished to take the lead on the development of the client. Nokia will also have a Symbian client available soon.
The missing piece is of course Android. I’m sure there will be Android clients released for Lync developed by partners and independent of Microsoft. If you had asked me a couple of months ago if Microsoft would devote any effort in their own Lync client for Android I’d have said you were mad. Now I am not so sure, I now think there is a chance we will see a Lync client for Android that will have some input from Microsoft in 2011.
Throughout 2011 expect to see a broad range of Lync mobile clients and be able to add ‘any device’ to the be connected anytime, anywhere on any device soundbite.