Send and receive instant messages

You can send a message to contacts within your corporate network, a Federated  network, or any contact with one of the following IDs: Windows Live ID, AOL, or Yahoo!.

Do any of the following:

Send an instant message to one person

  1. Sign in to Communicator.

  2. In the Contact List window, do one of the following:

To send a message to

Do this

An existing contact who is online

Double-click the contact.

Available contacts display the Available icon icon.

A person who is not in your contact list

On the Contact List window, click Send, click Other, type the person's e-mail address, and then click OK.

To add this person as a contact, click Add Contact in the conversation window.

  1. In the lower part of the conversation window, type your message, and then press ENTER.


    • You can add contacts to a conversation. However, you must start the conversation with a single contact.

    • Each message can be up to 8,000 characters long.

Add more contacts to a conversation

After you start a conversation, you can invite additional contacts to join.

  • In the conversation window, click Invite  Invite contact button , and then click the contact.


    • To invite a person who is not in your contact list, in the Invite list, click Other, and then type the person's e-mail address.

    • A total of 100 people, including you, can take part in a conversation.

Receive an instant message invitation

When someone sends you an instant message, an instant message alert appears in the bottom-right corner of your computer screen.

  1. Click the invitation alert.

  2. In the conversation window, type your response in the message area, and then press ENTER.

See also

Add, delete, or block a contact from Communicator

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