Microsoft Office Communicator Tips

Updated April 17, 2017

Since the Internet became a popular communication tool in the 1990s, people have made use of chat rooms and instant messaging systems to talk with each other. If you are new to online messaging and are using Microsoft Office Communicator, you should know a few messaging tips.

Status Indicator

In Microsoft Office Communicator, there is a tool called the "status indicator." Below each screen name in your contacts list is a status indicator. People can change their status indicator to let their friends know if they are busy, out to lunch or away from their computer. By paying attention to and respecting the status indicator, you can make sure you aren't disturbing any of your friends, or wasting your time by trying to contact someone who isn't at his computer at the moment.


If you wish to speak with someone at length about a topic, you should be aware of a few Microsoft Office Communicator etiquette tips. Ask if your contact is available for a lengthy conversation. You should also use proper grammar and keep to one or two topics at a time to avoid any confusion between you and your messaging counterpart.

Unknown Contacts

If someone gets a hold of your Microsoft Office Communicator screen name, they can send you an instant message request. This feature is useful for people that know you and are wishing to contact you. But there are also online predators that can gain access to your screen name. Online predators often try to obtain personal information from random contacts. If you do not know a contact that messages you, you should avoid him and block that contact.

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