Send is Microsoft’s New Take on Messaging, Debuts on iOS


Send for iPhone

Microsoft’s latest application is a classic take on CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on a mobile-first approach: it is a messaging application targeted at all users of Microsoft’s Outlook and is baked right into Outlook only that you won’t need to know anyone’s anything. Since you’re all in the same corporate network and use Outlook, you should be able to communicate with each other without any barriers. No, not even the subject, a salutation or a sign off. You just dive deep into the conversation with your colleague(s).

This is what Microsoft says of Send and its use case:

Imagine you’re walking into a big presentation and someone asks you to find out if your colleague will be attending. Chances are, you don’t have your colleague’s phone number, but you will probably have their email address—especially if you’ve been emailing with them recently. You don’t have time to search your inbox, start a new thread, or even type out a subject line. You just want to ask that person, “Will you be at the presentation?”


Of course you’ll need an Office 365 business or school subscription to get you started.

While Send takes the social aspect of what are otherwise very formal conversations, those chats are still treated as standard email conversations and are in tune with your workplace’s policies and are synced with your Outlook account so that you can be able to access them anywhere.

Send is only available on iOS in the United States and Canada at the moment. Windows Phone and Android releases planned for later.

Is this some sort of Slack-killer from Redmond?



  1. We already use Lync! These guys are just re-launching the same apps to remain in the news. Microsoft needs new ideas

    • There are two main differences with the Send app vs the Lync App. First it is coming from the “Microsoft Garage” initiative. Think of apps coming from Garage as an incubator that are tests new ideas. Once the features have been validated, thhey will get incorporated into more mainstream apps like Skype for Business (formerly know as Lync). You must realize that the Enterprise users on Skype for Business, are resistive to a rapid change cycle change (Microsoft has learned this hard lesson from their Windows8 roll out). The Garage apps allow Microsoft to stay on the edge of software innovation without losing their core customers.

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