Instant Messaging for SharePoint

NOTE: Lightning Chat is no longer available. But our Social Squared solution for SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 includes a chat feature. For SharePoint Online, we recommend using Microsoft Teams for chat functionality.

Instant Messaging tools are used frequently both within businesses as well as privately by individuals. Many are Windows applications which work well, but often a in-context tool is best in a similar way to Facebook’s integrated instant chat. Users of Facebook can see which of their friends are online and start chatting with them whilst still within Facebook. Lightning Chat is a instant messaging tool for SharePoint that provides similar functionality.

Whilst you are within a SharePoint team site environment, you will be able to see which of your co-workers or team members are also online within the Team Site, and then initiate a chat with them. This solves the problem of sending and receiving messages via email which is then clogging up your inbox and perhaps not providing you with immediate answers. More importantly, you will then lose focus by looking at other messages within your inbox.

NOTE: Lightning Chat is no longer available. But our Social Squared solution for SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 includes a chat feature. For SharePoint Online, we recommend using Microsoft Teams for chat functionality.

SharePoint Chat Web Part

Comments (2)

Is this application is still available for SharePoint Classic?

Hi Maurice,
No, we’re sorry – Lightning Chat was discontinued a few years ago. We’ve updated this page now to reflect that. Our Social Squared solution for SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 offer an instant chat feature in addition to the full discussion forum which is its primary function.

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