Microsoft Teams: Slack wannabe now available to all Office 365 users

Microsoft Teams: Slack wannabe now available to all Office 365 users

Yolanda Curtis
March 15, 2017

"Microsoft is not going to lose customers to Slack", Alan Lepofsky, VP and principal analyst for Constellation Research, told CMSWire today.

"Every Friday we used to have these 60-second demos", explains Jigar Thakkar, head of engineering for Microsoft Teams. With more than 50,000 organizations now using the software and 100 new features added since the software was released in beta late previous year, Microsoft Teams is now available to more than 85 million Office 365 users. The company announced that it was launching its communications platform more widely. Now Teams is a standard component of Microsoft's 85-million user Office 365 platform, its audience could rapidly increase.

Furthermore, Readify is also utilising Teams, as the wholly owned subsidiary of Telstra aims to combat the challenges associated with being a highly distributed business with people based in offices or on-site with customers in multiple cities around Australia.

"Some Microsoft customers may choose to use Slack over Microsoft Teams, but that is not going to eliminate their need for an Office 365 license for email, Office, etc. Microsoft's launch of Teams is certainly a threat to stand-alone group messaging vendors, but there will still be audiences that find O365 more than what they are looking for, and want that simpler stand-alone experience". Microsoft Teams offers the ability to customize work spaces with tabs, connectors and bots from third-party partners as well as Microsoft tools like Microsoft Planner and Visual Studio Team Services.

Teams is available both as a web app, as well as native apps for Windows, iOS and Android platforms. From the ever present Slack to Workplace from Facebook, there are plenty of options available for users to conduct their conversations over.

"They receive a Teams alert and it's on a first come and first served response and they are now lining bonuses to the number of tickets solved".

Next up is the fact that many, many enterprises already rely heavily on the Office 365 suite of applications.

Slack responded to Microsoft unveiling Teams past year with a full-page ad in the New York Times, welcoming the tech titan to the group chat market. Each team can create their own workspace, surfacing the apps and information most applicable to their project.

Meanwhile, the war to grab market share over workplace communication is getting hotter. When Microsoft made the decision to build their competitor internally instead of buying a competitor, it was met with heavy skepticism but after using the app and interviewing users who have deployed the application, it was the right move. Up to now, a preview version of Teams was available and in use by more than 50,000 organizations.

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