Invite Other Contacts to an IM Session

You can invite additional people to an instant messaging session. When you add an additional contact to the instant messaging session, the session is considered a conference. When an IM session becomes a conference, the behavior of the Conversation window changes to support conferencing features. For example, you, as the initiator of the conversation, become the Conference leader, and have access to controls that enable you to manage the conference.

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Invite other contacts to an IM session

Limitations of IM conferences

Invite other contacts to an IM session

Do one of the following:

  • Drag one or more contacts from the Contact List or Search Results pane into the Conversation window.

  • Use the Invite button:

    1. In the Conversation window, click the Invite button.

    2. In the Invite Someone dialog box, select the members you want to invite, and then click OK.

Note: The names of the contacts you have invited to the IM session appear in the Participant List in the Conversation window.

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Limitations of IM conferences

  • You can start a group instant message conference with a distribution group that does not exceed 100 members. The leader of the instant message conference and all the other participants are able to view the contacts that join and leave the conference.

  • Users who are running older versions of Communicator can participate in a group instant message conference, but may experience a lag when being invited to a conference.

  • Users with older versions of Communicator can participate in a group instant message conference and are able to see who typed a message, but they cannot see the conference participants in the Participants List in the Conversation window.

  • Ink messages, created with a Tablet PC, cannot be viewed by other participants in an IM conference. Communicator and Microsoft Office Communications Server support only text for clients in an IM conference. A user who sends Ink messages in a group conference will receive feedback that the message could not be delivered.

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