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Cut Some Slack, Microsoft Teams Set To Rule Corporate Communication

First Posted: Oct 27, 2016 04:10 AM EDT
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Microsoft plans to launch their own collaborative chat platform with Microsoft Teams.
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Global tech giant Microsoft is set to launch its own corporate communication platform to rival pioneering collaborative platform Slack. In an event for Microsoft Office in New York next week, the tech company is expected to unveil Microsoft Teams - a collaborative chat platform.

The evolution on how the business world communicate and collaborate forces companies to shift their eyes on efficiency and productivity. Access to new technology is a must for every company to keep up with the changing global market trends.

The Microsoft Teams is set to bring in the wide range of tools in Microsoft's stable of tools and applications. They are banking on creating something organic based on their existing technology such as Yammer, Skype and add in the utility of Office 365 and OneDrive.

Moreover, the tech giant could have bought Slack. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft could have shelled out $8 billion to acquire the collaborative platform company. Instead, they decided to create their own platform and compete with Slack.

Before the announcement, it was believed that Microsoft Teams would be called Skype teams. A beta login page for the platform appears as teams.skype.com. But the URL is now redirected to teams.microsoft.com. To make things more concrete, leaked concepts, screenshots and other internal documents have also popped on the internet.

It is expected that Microsoft Teams will bring all the features that made Slack famous plus the integration of all other existing tools from Office365 and OneDrive. Bots will also be a part of the application to help with the threaded messaging. Moreover, they will also have voice and video call across all devices. According to Microsoft, their video calling platform Skype has over 300 million user. It remains to be seen if the user base will adopt the new collaborating platform.

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