Microsoft is developing a Slack-killer application

by bold-lichterman

  • After being tempted to buy Slack for $ 8 billion, Microsoft finally decided to develop Skype Teams, its own messaging application for businesses.
  • Skype Teams will integrate the basic features of Skype, the Office 365 office suite as well as features similar to those of Slack.
  • Slack passed the three million daily user mark last May.

Faced with the success of Slack, Microsoft decided to launch its offensive. According to the specialized site MSPoweruser, the American IT group is working on a messaging application under the Skype banner (bought in 2011 by Microsoft for 8.5 billion dollars) to directly compete with the collaborative work platform very popular with entrepreneurs. Last May, Slack claimed three million daily users.

After having considered a time to buy Slack for $ 8 billion before changing his mind, Microsoft finally opted for the creation of its own messaging application for businesses. Called Skype Teams, it will include a large number of features similar to those of Slack. The Microsoft application will notably allow you to discuss in different groups within a team. In addition, users will have the opportunity to communicate with each other via direct messages.

Microsoft is entering a very competitive market

Despite these similarities with Slack, Skype Teams will stand out from its rival with the integration of a comment thread, like what Facebook offers. This feature will allow users to participate in chats without having to create a separate chat room or group message. To enrich the discussions, the application will be equipped with a “Fun Picker”, allowing the addition of Giphy GIFs, emojis and memes in the conversations. The Office 365 office suite will also be present within Skype Teams, which will offer access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. This last point will be a boon for companies using Office 365.

In addition to these features, the app will also take over basic Skype features, such as private or group video calls. However, Microsoft has decided to go even further by offering online meeting scheduling and integrating a sidebar to easily access the various features of the application.

For now, Skype Teams is being tested internally but Microsoft has not yet communicated a date for the commercial launch of its new product. However, the IT group plans to decline Skype Teams in Web and Windows versions, but also on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

With Skype Teams, Microsoft will try to make people forget the failure of Yammer, a corporate social network, acquired in 2012 by the American firm for $ 1.2 billion. However, Microsoft will face many players in the collaborative business solutions market. The platform HipChat, published by the Australian company Atlassian, Rizzoma, Asana or Actionspace also offer business-focused services. More recently, Facebook has also entered the professional world with the development of its offer. Facebook at Work. The latter should be launched by the fall.

Read also: Valued at $ 3.8 billion, Slack dreams of being a leader in collaborative work platforms

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