Microsoft is reportedly building something called ‘Skype Teams’ which will be its first direct product to in the area of group messaging apps Slack and HipChat. According to reports even, Skype Teams resembles Slack, in terms of looks and features. The app will creat chat channels to send messages. Threaded Conversation, video and voice calling, file sharing, and 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 canceled acquisition, Microsoft is expected to include several features of Slack’s current messaging app in its new venture, Skype 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 much inroads. According to rumours, Skype Teams will also let users to 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.