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Skype Teams: Microsoft’s Homegrown Slack Competitor

Microsoft is working on to compete Slack, with a new addition to its Skype product family, known as “Skype Teams”. Back in March of this year, Microsoft bid to buy Slack for $8 billion, but the deal didn’t materialize. Instead, they decided to build up their current video calling software Skype.

As it will seamlessly integrate with Office 365, Skype Teams will first come to Office 365 subscribers, according to report.

Teams will be similiar in terms of user experience and features to Slack. Even Slack’s Giphy is imitated through a feature called “The Fun Picker”, which let users to send GIFs, emojis, images, and more.

Microsoft’s homegrown Slack competitor will also feature a sidebar with tabs for Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Files etc. “You can use Chat to find your different conversations, Teams to connect to different teams, Meetings to see your schedule, and Files to connect to your OneDrive,” suggests report.

The service will also feature threaded conversations, direct messages, and group channels. Meetings can be scheduled and with Skype’s useful video calling features, the team chat will be enable online conferences easier than before.

Skype Teams Homepage Image

The Skype Teams job posting reads, “Skype Teams is the future of collaboration and messaging.” “This is an influential role on an influential team, and you’ll be expected to work across the entire engineering team as needed to be successful,” continues the job listing.

When asked a Microsoft spokesperson stated as usual, “Microsoft is always building and testing new solutions to help people collaborate and get more done, but we don’t have anything specific to share at this time.”

The report also reveals that Skype Teams will be available as a web app and Windows app, as well as Android, iOS and Windows Mobile app.

Teams is available at page, and is still being tested internally for now.

Skype Teams

Skype Teams competing Slack

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