UChicago supported chat (Spark; Office 365 Teams Chat)


Instant messaging allows colleagues in different physical locations to have business-related discussions in a chat format, without the use of email. Instant messaging allows for almost immediate interactions between colleagues and also includes real time technology that allows a user to see when their coworker is in the process of typing a message. A few common professional instant messaging clients are Spark, Jabber, and Pidgin. IT Services recommends Spark.

Service Category
  • An ITS staff member needs quick and immediate help from a colleague to answer a difficult ticket he received, and he sees that the colleague who can help him is logged on to IM.
  • Chat and collaborate with a team of under 2500 people: use Teams.  Microsoft Teams is a hub for teamwork in Office 365: a chat-based work space to collaborate in real time. 
  • Chat with all of campus: use Yammer.  Yammer is a private social network that helps you get connected to the right people, share information across teams, and organize around projects. Only your coworkers can join, so your communications on Yammer are secure and visible only to people within your organization.
Additional Resources
The chat must be encrypted and have session history disabled for the following data types:
  • Attorney/Client Information
  • Personally Identifiable Information
  • Student Education Records
  • Student Financial Aid Application
  • Sensitive Identifiable Human Subject Research