Persistent Chat, Find a Room

On this page, you can learn how to find and open a Persistent Chat room in Skype for Business.

Important Notice:  The Skype for Business Persistent Chat service will be retired on May 31, 2019.  Chat rooms and messages contained within them will not be accessible after this date.  Users of Persistent Chat should plan to transition to another service, such as Microsoft Teams.

You can search for a chat room in the Skype for Business main window, or find a room you’re a member of or follow, by looking at the Chat Rooms view.

If a chat room owner has added you as a member, you can post messages to the room, and view history and participants. Rooms you follow are ones you want Skype for Business to actively monitor for new activity. You have to be a member to follow a closed room.

Search for a chat room

Search in Skype for Business to find:

  • A room you’re a member of, or follow
  • A room you want to join, or follow
  • All open and closed rooms about a topic that interests you
  1. In the Skype for Business main window, click the Chat Rooms icon.
  2. In the search box, type a room name or keyword. As you type, rooms with names that match the search appear in the Chat Rooms listing display area.
    Chat Rooms Search

Search results will include all open rooms related to your search, as well as search-related closed rooms, that is, rooms available to members only. To find out about becoming a member of a closed room, see Document 49278 is unavailable at this time. . (A third type of Skype for Business chat room, has a privacy setting of secret, and therefore doesn’t show up via search.)

Find a chat room you’re a member of or follow

To find a room you belong to or have been invited to participate in (recently been added), or follow, do the following:

  1. In the Skype for Business main window, click the Chat Rooms icon. Chat Rooms Icon
  2. Do any of the following:
  • To find a room you follow, look on the Followed tab.
  • To find a room you’re a member of and haven’t participated in yet, click the New tab.

Open a chat room

Open the chat room you found by doing one of the following:

  • Double-click anywhere on the chat room listing.
  • Point to the Chat room icon Chat Rooms Icon from List, and click the Open icon. Chat Rooms Open Icon

Keywords:Lync, lync 2013, persistent chat, chat room, Skype for Business   Doc ID:49275
Owner:Lync M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-03-19 15:40 CDTUpdated:2019-03-15 11:41 CDT
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