Unified Communications Web API Made Public
Microsoft has made its Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) public, allowing Web developers to add capabilities to its Lync-based services. Toward that end, Microsoft has created a specific Lync Web Developer site, to educate devs about the API.
"UCWA is a REST API that exposes Lync Server 2013 Instant Messaging and Presence capabilities," says documentation on the developer site. UCWA is free, but to use it, you must have Lync on-premises.
Microsoft envisions UC developers embedding Instant Messaging, chat, presence and other functionality into line-of-business (LOB) apps. Here's a partial listing of what can be done, taken from the site:
- Anonymous Web Chat
- Support audio conferencing
- Light up IM & Presence in your Line-Of-Business app, including Windows 8, iPad, and others
- Inline Instant Messaging into your application (Contextual Communications)
- Search for Skype and/or business contacts
Posted by Keith Ward on 03/14/2013 at 1:15 PM