Start a chat with a person from a group of (federated) Lync and Skype for Business users. Chat functionality is one of the most widely used features of standard Lync and Skype for Business. However, in order to establish the connection, the two persons need to be linked. Anywhere365 makes is possible to chat with a group of (federated) Lync and Skype for Business users, by initiating a chat with a group instead of a person. The presence status of the group is determined by the individual members. Once a group chat is started, Anywhere365 hunts an available group member and offers the chat to that person.