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Instant messaging

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.

Instantly connect

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.

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.

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Instant messaging features

Discover a few of the key features of Microsoft Teams instant messaging.

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Post variety

Use different types of posts for conversations and announcements in one or multiple channels simultaneously.

Excel documents being shared in a chat conversation on Teams.

Rich text editing

Deliver clear messages using titles, bullet points, links, and quotes. Format text with highlight, italics, and other options.

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Chat translation

Foster collaboration with team members around the world and ensure everyone has a voice with inline message translation.

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GIFs and stickers

Share your personality, opinions, and emotions with GIFs, stickers, and emojis in messages.

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Priority notifications

Mark messages as important to get your team’s attention or continually send urgent notifications every two to 20 minutes.

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@mentions

Use @mentions to call a team member’s attention and to stay on top of your action items by filtering your activity feed.

A person using a laptop to participate in a Teams video call with chat open.

Instant messaging features

Discover a few of the key features of Microsoft Teams instant messaging.

A conversation in a Marketing team within a business organization in Teams.

Post variety

Use different types of posts for conversations and announcements in one or multiple channels simultaneously.

Excel documents being shared in a chat conversation on Teams.

Rich text editing

Deliver clear messages using titles, bullet points, links, and quotes. Format text with highlight, italics, and other options.

A document being edited by multiple people in real-time in a Design Team chat on Teams.

Chat translation

Foster collaboration with team members around the world and ensure everyone has a voice with inline message translation.

GIFs being shared in a PNW Coffee Social Campaign team in Teams.

GIFs and stickers

Share your personality, opinions, and emotions with GIFs, stickers, and emojis in messages.

A person viewing a chat conversation in Teams on their mobile phone.

Priority notifications

Mark messages as important to get your team’s attention or continually send urgent notifications every two to 20 minutes.

A presentation being given on a Surface Hub while another member of the meeting is having a chat conversation on Teams on a laptop.

@mentions

Use @mentions to call a team member’s attention and to stay on top of your action items by filtering your activity feed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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