Back in December of 2011, Microsoft released the first version of Lync for Android, which brought real-time Exchange collaboration to mobile. Considering that version came before ICS and the Android Design Guidelines, it looks a little (read: very) outdated on modern smartphones. Thankfully, Microsoft just released Lync 2013, which brings a nice looking Holo-meets-Windows-Phone sort of UI along for the ride.

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The app essentially retains all the functionality of the previous version, allowing you to IM, collaborate, and video chat with other colleagues using Lync. It's noted in the Play Store that some features may require Lync Server, though it doesn't make specific mention of what those may be.

The app is a free download, though a "validly licensed copy of Microsoft Lync Server or Office 365/Lync Online" are required in order for the app to function. But you probably already knew that.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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    • MrJigolo

      Wow. Shits gorgeous.

  • Albin Hermansson

    Now if only this same design would be applied to Outlook too...

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    • Sootie

      Have you tried office 2013?

    • Joel Harriskine

      it has been, released yesterday.

  • Guest

    "Microsoft Allegedly Planning Native Office Apps For Android For Release In March 2013"

    Guess not then.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      If anything, they could have been pushed back.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I kind of like that UI, looks pretty nice!

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Microsoft seriously is the most serious about design. Lync, SkyDrive, Xbox, all these apps look good, have Metro elements but also use Android's design guidelines. And Windows Phone is beautiful too (well, except those app icons in app drawer). Now to release Outlook etc with new look as well. :-P

  • Kcls

    I think this is more metro than holo, but it's beautiful nonetheless!

  • montahchos

    i just wondering why they put a serious app for android rather than improve their windows phone

    • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

      Because the Office group has nothing whatsoever to do with the group that makes the OS?

      • arf01

        I wish MS would come up with a nice OFFICE app for Android, Even if it had to paid for (although I already have paid for Office at home, and have Office at work.... I guess I'll have to keep using Android office alternatives....

  • Michael Katz

    The Lync Server is needed for VOIP calls through Lync. Well either that or a Lync Plan 3 through Office365.

  • master94

    I have to admit, MS makes the best looking Apps

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      U DRUNK? Look at Hotmail / Outlook

      • master94

        Hey you have to admit that app looks good. Outlook on the other hand. I'll give you that. Looks like crap

      • Sootie

        when was the last time you logged into hotmail?

        They have made it all 2013 officey (or more precisely Office 365 y)

  • Samvith V Rao

    Fantastic! Now please do this for OneNote app as well too, Microsoft.

  • selonmoi

    Some metro inspiration is fine, but those icons are unforgivable. Free Android equivalents available for download. What's Microsoft's problem?

  • ergu

    I'm shocked at the response to this app... the version of Lync I used a few months ago was shit. It doesn't even let you add contacts.... that's HORRIBLE. The very last thing Lync for android needed was a face lift. It needs something more than basic chat under the covers. This is ten steps behind even the most basic IM clients on mobile in terms of functionality and configurability.

    • Michael Katz

      What are you trying to get out of Lync? Lync is meant to be a corporate IM platform with VOIP built in. Lync 2013 for Android actually has functional VOIP options compared to 2010.

  • symbolset

    Microsoft software on my Android devices? Not gonna happen. I know how they feel about Android. Making me even more delighted with it is unlikely to be their plan.

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    Android already has, ah (real-time Exchange collaboration to mobile) it's called Google+ which has: Hangouts (video conferencing) IM (Chat/Individual or Group) Events (Team Collaboration) and More... And the best part, you don't need to worry about "Server License", just turn your Android Device on.

    • Joe_HTH

      LOL! What the hell are you smoking? Google+ is a damn joke, and it's a laughing stock compared to Lync.