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


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?