Microsoft is working on Skype Teams, a direct Slack competitor

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft wants to float into one more market. Reportedly, Redmond is now working on an app that will be Slack’s direct competitor. The alleged messaging service should be developed under Skype‘s brand, and be called Skype Teams.

According to MSPU, Skype Teams irresistibly looks like Slack, in terms of features and functionality. It will allow users to create chat channels (the ability to chat in different groups within a team), but also to send private messages to each other. In terms of design, Skype Teams will of course be polished in the Windows 10 manner.

Besides these features, Skype Teams will also offer Threaded Conversations, a system of replying to comments in threads, similarly to comments on Facebook or forums. This feature currently lacks from Slack, so Skype Teams could profit here.

Of course, since the service is being made under Skype’s brand, it should have all Skype’s features, like the ability to make video or voice calls, and more.

Slack popularity is skyrocketing these days, and Microsoft will need to do a great job to make a noteworthy competitor. Reportedly, Redmond even tried to purchase the ‘original’ service for $8 billion, and since that attempt failed, the company apparently decided to develop its own team messaging service.

Microsoft still hasn’t officially announce Skype Teams, as the service is still unavailable to all users of Windows. Of course, as soon as the company releases an official word, or pushes the messaging platform to public, we’ll make sure to let you know.

Until then, you can tell us what do you think about the idea of Skype Teams, and will it be a proper competitor for Slack? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

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