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  • Question

  • This a formal request to Microsoft to develop an Android compatible version of the Office Communicator.  Thank you.
    Monday, March 22, 2010 4:31 PM

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  • March 7, 2011 Edit - No deep details but announcement from Enterprise Connect indicating Android client planned - http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/030211-microsoft-iphone-lync.html?source=nww_rss 

    I will pass this on to the appropriate team members, I have a few questions and then also some information

    1. Customer(s) name
    2. Number of endpoints
    3. What are the devices in use
    4. Is there a particular service provider
    5. What is the national coverage (international considerations) 
    6. OS versions are in use or acceptable? (if we only supported the latest current or next release?) 
    7. business drivers to select Android platform
    8. Windows Phone 7 Series - customer consideration of using when shipped?

    3rd party solutions in the past have tended to be via a partnership between Microsoft and the 3rd party who would join the appropriate development TAP focused on that SDK. Have you communicated this to the Android developers to know any barriers or issues?

    You may mail me direct given the customer data request - toml at microsoft dot com

    January 10, 2011 - The Lync statement for mobility http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/UserInterfaces/Pages/lync-2010-mobile.aspx

    May 17 update - check out this site: http://www.widgetmedia.net/

    April 29 edit - I will keep the data above as we look at many factors for decisions including customer input as well as market penetration of a solution. We do not have a public statement for our next release of Office Communications Server around mobile solutions.

    I will share what our practice has been as a company for scenarios like this - we rely on partners to leverage our SDK to build a solution. Today that is RIM creating the solution for their Blackberry clients and for iPhone it is Modality Systems who built the iPhone app. My opinion (mine not Microsoft) is that I would guess another company would end up building an Android client.

    Tom

     

    Monday, March 29, 2010 5:41 PM

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  • I don't have Android in hand. Would you try java edition of the Microsoft Office Communicator R2 on you Android? 

    If you want someone to help you with the software development or you have any questions you may turn to here: 

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/

    Good Luck!


    Best Regards!
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:38 AM
  • Thank you for your reply Ben.  I do not have a CWA server running at this time so I cannot test if it would work on my Android phone.  Has anyone else tried CWA from an Android device?

    I am not a developer but thank you for the link.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:24 PM
  • Thank you for your reply Ben.  I do not have a CWA server running at this time so I cannot test if it would work on my Android phone.  Has anyone else tried CWA from an Android device?

    I am not a developer but thank you for the link.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:24 PM
  • Good idea to use CWA, just trying.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:37 AM
  • March 7, 2011 Edit - No deep details but announcement from Enterprise Connect indicating Android client planned - http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/030211-microsoft-iphone-lync.html?source=nww_rss 

    I will pass this on to the appropriate team members, I have a few questions and then also some information

    1. Customer(s) name
    2. Number of endpoints
    3. What are the devices in use
    4. Is there a particular service provider
    5. What is the national coverage (international considerations) 
    6. OS versions are in use or acceptable? (if we only supported the latest current or next release?) 
    7. business drivers to select Android platform
    8. Windows Phone 7 Series - customer consideration of using when shipped?

    3rd party solutions in the past have tended to be via a partnership between Microsoft and the 3rd party who would join the appropriate development TAP focused on that SDK. Have you communicated this to the Android developers to know any barriers or issues?

    You may mail me direct given the customer data request - toml at microsoft dot com

    January 10, 2011 - The Lync statement for mobility http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/UserInterfaces/Pages/lync-2010-mobile.aspx

    May 17 update - check out this site: http://www.widgetmedia.net/

    April 29 edit - I will keep the data above as we look at many factors for decisions including customer input as well as market penetration of a solution. We do not have a public statement for our next release of Office Communications Server around mobile solutions.

    I will share what our practice has been as a company for scenarios like this - we rely on partners to leverage our SDK to build a solution. Today that is RIM creating the solution for their Blackberry clients and for iPhone it is Modality Systems who built the iPhone app. My opinion (mine not Microsoft) is that I would guess another company would end up building an Android client.

    Tom

     

    Monday, March 29, 2010 5:41 PM
  • Thanks Tom.  I have sent you an email.

    Keith

    Monday, April 5, 2010 7:18 PM
  • I 2nd the request.  To many of my clients are switching from one or another brand of smart phone over to an Android phone, only to switch back again because of a serious lack of Android available Office apps that are fully compatible with Microsoft.  Especially Outlook.  I have several clients who really want an Android app that syncs via USB to Outlook for calendar, contacts, email etc...  Most 3rd party apps are not up to the task, and AT&T doesn't allow for 3rd party app downloads.  AT&T users can only download apps from the Android market.  With Android getting more and more market share of the mobile world, Microsoft would stand to make a lot of money if it developed it's own app for Android that syncs easily.  The current method of going through Gmail for calendar syncs is just awful.  I know the mobile division of Microsoft is heavy in the development of Windows Mobile 7, but again, I believe that Microsoft has a lot to gain by developing it's own app.  The demand is out there as pages and pages of Bing and Google searches have shown.  
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:29 PM
  • hi there. i would also request an official microsoft android client.

    we have about 100 android-devices. not that many but it's important for us.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:40 AM
  • Hi, KmSnaz

    Although I do have no the OC client for Android too, I know this product has been in the MS' s plan, maybe after some times it will be appeared.

    Monday, January 10, 2011 9:42 AM
  • I work for one of the top healthcare IT companies and we recently went thru a mobile phone upgrade from windows smartphones to EVO's/iphones.  Everyone always enjoyed the convenience that the communicator mobile application provided and would LOVE to have it on android.  It made all of our lives much easier.  Can we get an update on the progress or likelihood of this happening?

    Monday, January 10, 2011 9:03 PM
  • A few items -

    1) Outside of Keith, nobody has sent me email with the information I noted above.

    2) I have had nobody give feedback on the Android OCS client from widgetmedia. Having folks that have used it and like it will be great but we also need to hear why you are choosing not to use, and why you stopped using it if you started.

    3) I updated my response above with the Lync statement for mobility which you will see as fairly generic. Until a client is released that is the only public statement we have.


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Monday, January 10, 2011 9:13 PM
  • I do admire Microsoft for trying to be convinced for developing an Android app for this.
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:20 AM
  • As for your questions, Tom, I'm sure there are thousands who would benefit from it, but it is an increasing rarity for companies to prescribe a particular phone over another (Blackberry being the exception, perhaps).  Think of your customers who have thousands of users, and also consider the volume of mobile devices running non-MS operating systems.  And why are they running non-MS phones, tablets, etc.?  Flexibility.  I, for one, took my HTC HD2 and removed WinMo from it because Android offered thousands upon thousands of apps -- with a huge percentage of them being free -- for my device.  iPhone users have a similar position.  While MS would love to see WinMo7 gain a larger market share, the reality is that (1) you're fighting an uphill battle from behind, and (2) until there is a proper marketplace for apps (and developer support -- KEY factor), you likely won't see an exodus from either Apple or Android platforms.  The best thing in the world Microsoft can do here is to realize the potential and the credibility it would gain in the open source communities by supporting the platforms they embrace.

    I'd LOVE to have a communicator client for my Android -- and I'd prefer it be written/supplied by Microsoft -- but if MS doesn't write it, I certainly won't abandon Android and all of the apps I use daily just to have it. 

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Nick_TWTC,

    Thanks for the information it is always valuable to hear this to ensure we are not improperly assuming anything.

    I realize job titles don't always transfer outside the company one works for so let me expand on mine - I am not a Program Manager who is responsible for a shipping feature of the product, instead I am responsible for the technical needs of our customers and provide a hybrid of services like Account Management, Consulting, Design, Supportability and Support.

    In the context of this discussion I am seeking to get information that will help me prepare the component team handling mobility such that they can determine where they should focus.

    For anyone who is a member of a customer having a premier contract with Microsoft, you would engage your Technical Account Manager and have them report the similar data I requested above.

     


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:45 PM
  • thanks for being honest, Tom.
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:55 AM
  • there is a client for android for OCS / Lync server

    www.aLync.net

    aLync is a multi-messenger client. It supports Yahoo, Google Talk and Communicator services, but we will add soon MSN and ICQ clients.

    With aLync you can log on to your Yahoo, GTalk and Communicator accounts and chat with your friends. It supports file transfer, a simple drawing board so you can easily draw something to your buddies and send them over.

    aLync has gesture recognition methods implemented so you can simply access helpful functions like sending text messages and calling a contact from your phone.

    You can download aLync from : http://www.appbrain.com/app/alync-trial-version/app.android.aLync

    Thursday, February 3, 2011 3:14 PM
  • As I do not have an Android device, I would appreciate if folks would comment on the Communicator/Lync experience here on the forums or via direct email if preferred.

     


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Thursday, February 3, 2011 3:57 PM
  • Currently I work for someone that is using an older version of OCS (pre-Lync) and I'm attempting to get connected to it on my Motorola Droid. I've attempted to use the Nokia version of the Java client, it wouldn't connect (and was exceptionally clumsy to use). I've also attempted the Motorola Razr build. Neither will work using the J2ME App Runner (http://www.netmite.com/android/srv/2.0/getapk.php) . They launch, I can input information, I just can't connect.

    I'd very much like to see a non-web based client for OCS as the web-based stuff is almost always too painful. I'm successfully using the Pidgin SIPE plugin on my Desktop to connect (not retaining IM history on my local machine makes the Microsoft Communicator client useless) and would love to have that functionality on my phone.

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:17 PM
  • This thread has now over 10 000 reads. Any heads up Microsoft? Or are You still ignoring your users?
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 7:44 AM
  • HAL07,

    I have updated the post with customer details needed to include - What are the devices in use, is there a particular service provider, what is the national coverage and what OS versions are in use or acceptable? 


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:56 PM
  • A few items -

    1) Outside of Keith, nobody has sent me email with the information I noted above.

    2) I have had nobody give feedback on the Android OCS client from widgetmedia. Having folks that have used it and like it will be great but we also need to hear why you are choosing not to use, and why you stopped using it if you started.

    3) I updated my response above with the Lync statement for mobility which you will see as fairly generic. Until a client is released that is the only public statement we have.


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    The widget media and other Android OCS community solutions all require a CWA server.  Our organization has choosed not to impement CWA at this time so I am hoping for a client similar to the Win Mobile 6 where the CWA is not a requirement.
    Thursday, March 3, 2011 2:49 PM
  • Our national organization of one hundred employees has ten Android devices all with Android version 2.1 or better.  This number is climbing fast as all of the Canadian telcos are offering latest Android handsets from all the manufacturers now.  I would think any Microsoft OCS Android client should run on Android version 2.1 or better.
    Thursday, March 3, 2011 2:54 PM
  • Will there every be an Android Lync client that doesn't require OCS CWA to be installed?  My company deployed a new Lync environment and did not install a OCS CWA server.  From what I understand, you cannot go back and install one after the fact.  Is Microsoft going to get rid of this dependance on old software?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:16 PM
  • Jeff,

    Patience is a virtueJ.  IPhone and Adndroid clients are just around the corner (or so I’ve heard). I personally like the “Lync approach” – will be ready when it is ready vs. “Vista approach” – let’s put it out, will fix it later…

     

    Drago

     


    http://ocsdude.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:03 PM
  • While the solution is still forthcoming and always subject to changes, I will note that we do not have a CWA component in Lync so I would expect something else, and no I have no eta or details. The mobility story is still a tight-lipped component area, but hopefully it is as Drago mentioned worth the painful wait.

     


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:41 PM
  • Please hurry.

     

    1. Customer(s) name
    2. Number of endpoints (thousands)
    3. What are the devices in use (bb, adroid, windows)
    4. Is there a particular service provider (ATT & Verizion mostly)
    5. What is the national coverage (international considerations) (India, Argentina, Philipines, Europe, Global basically)
    6. OS versions are in use or acceptable? (if we only supported the latest current or next release?)  (That could work)
    7. business drivers to select Android platform (more than one basket for eggs)
    8. Windows Phone 7 Series - customer consideration of using when shipped? (could be but would take years to migrate all users)
    Friday, April 22, 2011 1:51 PM
  • I still wait for Microsoft to discover that they are preventing their users from using Lync/Communicator on the largest mobile platform.
    Friday, May 6, 2011 7:35 AM
  • Microsoft is well aware of the missing mobility clients and don't assume they are not hard at work right now on a solution.  As this thread has highlighted that all alternative methods require CWA which is certainly not the approach an official client will take.  So there is more to it then just 'making an app'.
    Jeff Schertz, Microsoft Solutions Architect - Polycom | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Friday, May 6, 2011 12:51 PM
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  • So does this mean that no additional information is needed from the community for Microsoft to continue the Development of an Android client that is independent of CWA?
    Friday, May 6, 2011 2:01 PM
  • I would never suggest that you don't provide feedback however the issue you are faced with at this time is that there are no details being shared and I suspect they won't until the solution is released.


    Tom Laciano Microsoft Program Manager UC Customer and Partner Deployment Readiness
    Friday, May 6, 2011 4:17 PM
  • Yes please create a Lync mobile app for SOMETHING!, Lync is great but the biggest thing for us is mobility and there is none unless we want to walk around with tablets!

     

    Android, iPhone and WP7 APPS!!!!!!!

     

    Thanks!

    Monday, May 9, 2011 11:49 PM
  • I also completly support the Android app. Currently using Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 for Java on Nokia E52 (Symbian S60), but our company is switching to Android devices and to my surprise there is no OCS app for it. Also problems with exchange sync on Andro, but that is a different story.

    Please make one.

    Thanks.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:55 PM
  • Yes please.  I am with Verizon and I want a Windows 7 phone so I can continue to use communicator mobile for work.  Well the new Windows 7 phone is not 4G!!  Why would Verizon bother at this point?  I mean , why should I waste money now on anything 3G?  So I think, hey I could get an Android as that is on 4G, guess what no OCS/Lync Client.  There are some, but apprently they do not support 2 factor authentication. So Micorosft, either a LYNC client that supports 2 factor for Android, or put some pressure on Verizon to release a 4G version of the Windows 7 phone.  Right now I am going to just hold on to my Windows 6.5 Phone (yes continue to suffer the spinning symbol of death while you wait for this slow platform to switch to aother apps!!)) until something that I want becomes available (for those iPhone junkies, Verizon does not have a 4G Version of that either, I think the whole WHITE iPhone is silly, they should have focused on features and not colors).
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:38 PM
  • check out this:

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/06/lync-mobile-client-arrives-for-iphone.html

    (it includes voice)


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:44 AM
  • check out this:

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/06/lync-mobile-client-arrives-for-iphone.html

    (it includes voice)


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Thanks for posting this. It's absurd that this product has been out so long with no mobile client. All of Lync's competitors had mobile clients out for a long time.
    Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:05 PM
  • Lync client for Android that sports audio and video has been released today by Damaka:

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/06/lync-mobile-client-arrives-for-iphone.html

     

    (note: i do not work for damaka. ;-)


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Thursday, July 28, 2011 7:40 PM
  • I just tested the Damaka client (it is called as "Xync", really difficult to find on Android market, use Damaka as the second word in the query, otherwise you will never find it)

     

    My experience is mixed:

    - it really supports VoIP and Video (I suppose the official Microsoft Lync client for mobile will never have this feature, so this is a huge pro)

    - also supports Enterprise Voice in both directions!

     

    However:

    - needs very powerful hardware, with a very recent Android OS: 2.3.3

    - the pricing seems a little bit high compared to the average price of Android apps

    - voice quality is acceptable for Lync-to-Lync calls, but not so good for Enterprise voice (I experienced quite bad echo, I can clearly hear all my speech back with a 1,5-second delay)

    - UI needs some more work, with more configurable settings

     

    I am really interested, how this product will evolve.


    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:10 AM
  • thanks for that good input!

    Matt


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 1:04 PM
  • I used your advice for finding it on the Android market and I'm unable to find it.  Did they pull it off?
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:46 PM
  • Any idea on if it uses a CWS to access Lync (as the aLync and Office Talk clients do) ? 

     

    Reason I ask, is that at $20, and still early in it's development, I need to be sure it'll work within our environment, which does not have an outward facing CWS yet. 

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:58 PM
  • it is a SIP client so no CWS/CWA is required.

     

    Here is my video review of it:

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-first-impression-video-review-of.html

     


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:11 PM
  • According to the microsoft lync facebook page, mobile clients to be released in october.

    • Proposed as answer by David Stamen Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:10 PM
    Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:10 PM
  • i dont see the reference on the lync facebook page, have you got a link by chance?
    Friday, August 19, 2011 7:49 PM
  • Another update on Lync mobile client from TechEd NZ 2011:

    Will it do video? "It will depend on mobile device OS and version..."

    Will Lync mobile be integrated into WindowsPhone hubs? "the goal is to get everything into the hubs..."

    When will wp7 lync client be here? "Calendar Q4"

    I think-- I heard presenter say in answer to question Will skype be integrated into hubs? "I can't say that...remember i just said we want everthing in hubs...we need to wait on aquisition to complete..."

     

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/08/will-lync-mobile-do-voice-and-video-yes.html


    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:35 PM
  • good info!
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:25 PM
  •  

    well, looks like the mobile wait is nearly over. Next couple weeks:

    "Microsoft in the coming weeks will release a version of its Lync collaboration suite for a number of mobile platforms, a company executive said." (dated today)

    more:
    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-official-microsoft-releasing-lync.html

    If this is helpful-vote as helpful. ;-)


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    • Edited by Matt LandisMVP Monday, October 10, 2011 5:12 PM make more accurate
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:01 PM
  • so they chose to release for iOS but not Android? Kinda funny when we know there are more Android users in both the world as well as in my company... Well well. (as some claim there is an android client out there.. The Xync-client is so expensive that it's a joke.)
    • Edited by HAL07 Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:01 PM
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:00 PM
  • HAL,

    no one said Android won't be supported. ;-)

    note that it says in the below article "the software maker plans to release Microsoft Lync Mobile for Windows Phone 7, as well as for rival offerings from Apple and Google. "

    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-official-microsoft-releasing-lync.html

     


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    Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:05 PM
  • Lync Server CU4 has been released. Installing CU4 is the first step toward Lync Mobility solution.

    For updates about Lync Mobile as they become available you can see below URL (bookmark as it will be updated)http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/11/microsoft-lync-mobile-client-history.html


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    Monday, November 21, 2011 7:59 PM
  • Microsoft Lync Mobile for Android is... here:
    http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/12/update-microsoft-lync-for-android-is.html

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync

     


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    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:33 AM
  • Hi,

    Just wanted to confirm. Does it now work with Office Communicator 2007 R2? I tried connecting but getting an error "Can't connect to server.". If I put on a server address, I get "Failed to process server response.".

    Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:30 PM
  • If you are asking: does it work with OCS 2007 R2? the answer is no. The new client only works with Lync Server 2010 updated to CU4 with mobility service installed.

    Your options for ocs 2007 (which is 5 years old? ;-) is one of many android cilent that work with CWA. Or ,something like Xync, which it should be noted is not certified and you should test before implementing.


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    • Proposed as answer by Matt LandisMVP Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:34 PM
    Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:34 PM
  • Thanks for the info.

    It will be a while when our company will upgrade to Lync 2010 so I guest I'll just have to wait.

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:59 AM