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Send is Microsoft’s version of Facebook Messenger, but just for Outlook

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On Wednesday, Microsoft entered the instant messaging space with Send, an app that ties in with Microsoft Outlook to shoot quick, pithy messages to your coworkers.

Send isn’t a full-fledged Office app. In fact, Microsoft Garage released Send with a number of limitations. First, Send is only available for the Apple iPhone in the U.S. and Canada; the company will release a version for Android and Windows Phones in the coming months, according to Microsoft. Furthermore, it’s only available for workers with Office 365 and school email accounts.

What it does do, according to Microsoft, is use your Outlook contacts to send short, brief “in and out” emails to your coworkers. You don’t need their phone number, just their name (which will be linked to their email address). No, you won’t need a subject line or signature. These are the kind of messages that need to be sent and responded to immediately: “Do you have the presentation?” “Is John running late?” “What’s the status of the Potts order?” and so on.

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