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  Carry on collaborating on the move with the new video, chat and contact app from Microsoft to stay in touch wherever you are on your Windows Phone 8 or iPhone device.

The Latest Lync

Skype, Messenger, Facebook and other apps provide endless ways to stay in touch, but for the professional business person, there is generally Lync, as mandated by the IT department happily glued to Outlook and what was formerly Communicator since time immemorial.

The Windows Phone version runs on Windows Phone 8 devices only, and enables those already in a Lync environment to extend their presence away from the desk or notebook. It offers voice and video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from that neatly tiled, easy-to-use, interface.

Lync In Action

When running, Lync can keep you updated on your schedule via the Meetings tile, you can change your status as you progress through your day to let others know your situation and there are the usual communication and collaboration tools, allowing you to pick the most appropriate form of communication from email, messaging, video conference, 

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Lync 2013 for Windows Phone uses a range of protection features including transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring you to tunnel through a VPN. That should ensure that your communications are safe, no matter where you are or what network you are running on.

Lync 2013 is also available for iOS devices, allowing iPhone and iPad users to keep in touch too. It doesn't look quite as neat as the Windows Phone version, but seems functionally identical and also requires Lync Server or Office 365 to be installed back at HQ for it work. Android users still seem to be stuck with Lync 2010, for now.