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Hear and see your contacts with Office Communicator

Panes, options, and commands for starting multi-party Instant Messages

Start multiparty instant messaging.

While working on the ad campaign, Wilson from the Media group sends you an e-mail message about some clarifications that he needs regarding the features of the product. Since these clarifications are time sensitive, you want to get them resolved quickly and avoid any iteration. You decide to have a multiparty IM conference in Communicator 2007 with Wilson and a few members from the Product group, so you can gather all key decision makers to clear Wilson's questions.

Starting a multiparty IM conference in Communicator 2007 is often a fast way to reach decision makers. You can start a multiparty IM conference from the Contact List by selecting multiple contacts, a distribution list, or a contact group.

To start a multiparty IM conference in the Contact List, do one of the following:

  • Select multiple contacts that you want to invite by holding down the CTRL key. Right-click the last contact, and then click Send an Instant Message. This displays the Conversation window. Type a message in the Message Entry area of the Conversation window, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click a distribution list or a contact group, and then click Send an Instant Message to display the Conversation window. Type a message in the Message Entry area, and press ENTER.

You can also escalate an in-progress IM session to a multiparty IM conference. To do so, click the Invite button in the Conversation window. Then select the contacts you want to include in the IM session.

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