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Microsoft 365 - Getting Started with Outlook on the web Presence and Instant Messaging

Instant messaging (IM) is a type of online chat which offers real-time text transmission over the internet.

Important: If you are a user of Skype for Business client, this client is being replaced by Microsoft Teams client - Microsoft 365 - Getting Started with Teams.

Some of the benefits of using IM over other communication (email or phone) options:

  • Instant free and fast one to one communication with fellow colleagues in a private window.
  • Fast messaging for natural flowing conversation, useful if you want to ask a quick question.
  • No cost of a phone call.
  • Reduces the email in your inbox.
  • Presence indicator makes it easy to see who is available.
  • Discrete way of communicating when in meetings.

You don’t have to open Skype for Business to have an IM conversation with people in your organization’s address book. You can start or accept an IM session with someone directly from Outlook on the web.

Microsoft provides extensive documentation on how to use this feature.

Keywords:microsoft office365 o365 m365 microsoft 365 im skype for business lync conversation chat texting teams groups   Doc ID:59983
Owner:O365 S.Group:Microsoft 365
Created:2016-01-22 10:55 CDTUpdated:2023-02-02 09:22 CDT
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