Don’t ‘Get’ Slack? Microsoft Just Launched a Competitor

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Oh, how ever will we spam each other?

Microsoft Teams demo

It’s no secret that Slack is a true start-up darling – you don’t become the world’s fastest growing business app for nothing. But where there’s success, there will be competition: enter Microsoft Teams, launching in Australia today.

The new Office 365 integrated application is free for any business Office 365 subscribers and aims to “keep workflows together” by facilitating threaded conversations within the software, putting a serious end to the ageing annoyance that is email.

When Teams was first announced in November last year, Microsoft’s fiercest competitor bravely took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to call the company out on striking similarities.

If you’ve ever wondered whether there’s a better way, you haven’t been keeping up with the tech world (Slack and competitor HipChat are just two examples). In Teams, there’s also Skype integration for easier voice and video conferences, and the capability to link to external updates from apps like Twitter, as well as the access to GIFs, emojis and bots – because that’s an arm to our modern language that no workplace can live without. And if you’re worried about how you’re going to keep up outside the office – there’s a smartphone app version.

Sound familiar? The team at Slack thought so too. When Teams was first announced in November last year, Microsoft’s fiercest competitor bravely took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to call the company out on striking similarities. And while Slack has ballooned to over 4 million daily users and a crazy good growth rate of 3.5 times more users per year, Microsoft still boasts 85 million daily users. We have a feeling these two are just getting started.

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