Topic Last Modified: 2011-04-18

The Microsoft Lync 2010 Group Chat functionality in Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Group Chat provides a form of collaboration in which groups of users join online chat rooms to participate in persistent, ongoing conversations centered on specific topics. Chat rooms primarily consist of short text messages, although it can include longer messages, referred to as stories, and also hyperlinks, emoticons, and uploaded documents or images. Access to a chat room is controlled by a membership list. The entire chat room history is available to any member for chronological review or full-text search. For details about using Lync 2010 Group Chat, see Planning for Group Chat Server and Technical Requirements for Group Chat Server in the Planning documentation.

The following topics provide an overview of Group Chat categories and scope, and they describe how to use Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Group Chat Admin Tool and the Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Group Chat Configuration tool to manage Group Chat Servers, services, and client-side software.

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