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Microsoft’s Lync product group today rounded out its lineup of mobile apps with the release of apps for iPhone and iPad, bringing a core component of business communications lineup to the Apple devices.

Lync was also recently made available for Google Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. The mobile apps offer instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling, among other features.

A version of Lync is part of Microsoft’s Office 365 monthly subscription service, which is going head-to-head with Google Apps for business customers. Mobile access is critical for many of those customers. The new Microsoft apps are meant to enhance and extend the service for existing Lync users, and they require an existing Office 365 or Lync Online corporate account to use.

Here’s a Microsoft chart comparing the features of the Lync apps and the desktop Lync client.

The Lync apps for iOS are the latest in a series of mobile apps released by the Redmond company as the year draws to a close.


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