Empower teams to work smarter and collaborate seamlessly across time and space with Microsoft Teams. Learn more and see what’s coming
Keep the team connected no matter where work takes you with Microsoft Teams.
Communicate and collaborate in the moment
Use instant messaging in Microsoft Teams to stay connected and engaged anywhere, anytime.
Message a team member or the entire team, hop on a call, or share a screen for immediate feedback.
Take conversations anywhere
Record voice messages while you’re on the go and reply to an instant chat from your mobile device. 1
Keep the team focused
Organize your conversations, files, and apps in one place to keep the team in sync.
Reduce email clutter
Move email threads into quick chats. Share photos and documents with one person or the team.
Get the most out of instant messaging online
Remove communication barriers so your team can seamlessly brainstorm together, capture messages, share updates, and express ideas.
Instant messaging features
Discover a few of the key features of Microsoft Teams instant messaging.
Use different types of posts for conversations and announcements in one or multiple channels simultaneously.
Rich text editing
Deliver clear messages using titles, bullet points, links, and quotes. Format text with highlight, italics, and other options.
Foster collaboration with team members around the world and ensure everyone has a voice with inline message translation.
Easily record, send, view inline and reply with a video clip via your desktop or mobile, and create a more personal touch.
Chat with self
Draft a message, store important notes, media, and files to access and share at a later time.
GIFs and stickers
Share your personality, opinions, and emotions with GIFS, stickers, and a new expanded list of reactions in messages.
Mark messages as important to get your team’s attention or continually send urgent notifications every two to 20 minutes.
Use @mentions to call a team member’s attention and to stay on top of your action items by filtering your activity feed.
Manage the delivery of your chat message for a future date while being mindful of the recipient's work hours. Not the right message or time? Edit and delete the message before it arrives.
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Bring friends and family together with chat in Microsoft Teams
Stay connected to people even when you’re apart. Keep up with all your chats, calls, and plans—all in one place—in Teams.
Bring plans to life with chat
Get more done and have more fun together—both one-on-one or in groups. Assign and manage tasks, share photos and files, and schedule calls directly in Teams chat.
Chat, call, and share in one place
Have all your chats in the same app. Schedule video calls and invite anyone. Create to-do lists and view assigned tasks. Stay connected and organized in Teams chat.
Frequently asked questions
Instant messaging (IM) is text-based communication where two or more people participate in a real-time conversation over their computers or mobile devices.
Teams has an instant messaging platform with features such as instant chat, emojis, GIFs, rich-text editing, threaded conversations, plus the ability to share files.
Teams makes collaborating in group projects easy with chat, online video meetings, threaded conversations, and file sharing.
Teams instant messaging helps you stay connected with team members in remote work locations, supports real-time group communication, and promotes team engagement through video meetings and real-time conversations.