With an aim to take Slack, head on, global tech giant Microsoft is reportedly planning to announce its own software at an Office event scheduled early next month. The company has been building a product called ‘Microsoft Teams’, which was earlier speculated to be named ‘Skype Teams’. It will be their first foray into the area of group messaging apps like Slack and HipChat. These are web powered chat services that are exclusively designed to cater to teams in schools, colleges and workplaces. Microsoft will host an Office event in New York on November 2nd. However, Microsoft has not announced it publicly yet that it is working on a Slack rival, yet the service is already available at ‘teams.microsoft.com’ but only for employees of Microsoft,mainly because they have been testing the product since long. been testing the service over the past few months.
According to the images that have been leaked, for the Teams service, looks quite good and very similar to Slack. The app will create chat channels to send messages. Threaded Conversation, video and voice calling, file sharing, and an addition of Skype bots are expected in the app developed by Microsoft. Slack, for the uninitiated, is a cutting-edge messaging application for teams to remain connected. However, followed by the episode of cancelled acquisition, Microsoft is expected to include several features of Slack’s current messaging app in its new venture, Microsoft Teams.
In March 2016, Microsoft wanted to acquire Slack but the deal expected to be of $8 billion, got cancelled. Now the tech giant allegedly wants to its own version of Slack, from its video calling platform Skype. Microsoft already has SharePoint, Skype for Business and also Yammer, but they do not pose any direct threat to most group messaging applications, which has been a field which Microsoft still hasn’t been able to make many inroads. According to rumours, Skype Teams will also let users have threaded conversations in the chats. It is one feature which can take this new app ahead of Slack. Slack has been trying to work on that feature but hasn’t launched it yet.
One other advantage which Microsoft has is that it already has in place the infrastructure to use video conferencing in the Skype team’s app, which is not present in Slack. Although Slack popularity has been growing leaps and bounds, Microsoft will have to do a really good job to compete. But so far, there has been no word from Microsoft on this.