Coffee Break With Fuelled: Utilizing Microsoft Teams’ Chat Function

Microsoft Teams offers a range of useful features – do you know how to make the most of them? Check out this week’s episode of Coffee Break With Fuelled to learn all about the chat function.

Communication is a vital part of business productivity. While it may be easy to stay connected in the office just by talking to your coworkers directly, it’s not so easy when you’re working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fortunately, Microsoft Teams’ chat function offers a simple and convenient way to keep lines of communication open.

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Using Microsoft Teams’ Chat Function

Microsoft Teams’ chat function is your most direct way to get in touch with team members. Use this function to send a quick message. There are several features of the chat function that make communication simple:

  • Under the Chat tab, you’ll have access to a range of different information – who has read a message that you’ve sent, your full list of contacts, and recent conversations
  • Teams shows your coworkers’ availability, with green for Available, yellow for “Be Right Back” or “Appear Away,” or red for “Busy” or “Do Not Disturb.”
  • You can start a new chat with the pencil icon near the top right of the window, and either select the person you want to talk to from your contact list or type their name in.
  • You can add additional people to the conversation to start a group chat
  • Beneath the text field for your message, you’ll see the many different types of content you can send – files from your computer or another Microsoft app, emojis, GIFs, stickers, calendar invites, and more

Harnessing the full capabilities of the chat function will allow you to communicate more quickly and efficiently than by composing an email. Any time you need to ask a quick question or directly share some info, the chat function is your best bet.

Make sure to keep an eye out for future episodes of Coffee Break With Fuelled, in which we’ll further explore each of Microsoft Teams’ other features in greater detail.



I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 22nd May 2020 by Ernie Sherman.