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Spira 4.2 User Manual Help Viewer

1. Introduction
2. Functionality Overview
3. User/Project Management
4. Requirements Management
5. Test Case Management
6. Incident Tracking
7. Release Management
8. Task Tracking
9. Resource Tracking
10. Document Management
11. Reports Center
12. Source Code
13. Planning Board
14. Mobile Access
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1. Introduction
2. Functionality Overview
3. User/Project Management
4. Requirements Management
5. Test Case Management
6. Incident Tracking
7. Release Management
8. Task Tracking
9. Resource Tracking
10. Document Management
11. Reports Center
12. Source Code
13. Planning Board
14. Mobile Access

3.3.5. Instant Messenger

The Spira instant messenger is available in both SpiraPlan® and SpiraTeam® and allows you to send short messages instantaneously to other users in the system. You can see the status of other users by looking for the small green circle next to the list of users in the ‘My Contacts’ widget as well as the various user fields in the system:

When a user is online and available to communicate with, the small circle will be filled-in green. If you click on the green circle, it will open up the instant messenger window for that user:

You can then enter in a message to the other user, which will then cause a conversation window to open inside their web browser with your message displayed. The other user can then enter in their responses, allowing the two users to have a real-time conversation:

To make it easier to see what’s new, all unread messages will be displayed with a shaded green background. In addition, each user’s message will be displayed next to their avatar image.

If the message window appears on a SpiraTeam® window that contains a specific artifact (e.g. a requirement, test case, task, etc.) there will be the option to ‘Post as Comments’. If you click this option, any messages selected with a checkbox will be automatically posted to the current artifact as comments. This is useful if you have a conversation related to a specific item and you want to have the outcome permanently recorded as part of the audit trail. Otherwise, instant messages will be automatically purged from the system after 90 days.