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Slack has a serious competitor: Microsoft Teams

Slack is the most popular messaging platform for work. Few years ago, it was just a startup, but now, it dominates the business world. However, there have been many companies who tried to take over the Slack, but most of them failed. Now, Slack has a new competitor, Microsoft.

Microsoft Teams is announced at the Microsoft event in New York. It is a messaging platform that looks and works like a Slack. Teams can be used either for open sessions or for private 1:1 ones so can Slack. Teams even includes a similar sidebar with different menus including chat, notes and meetings.

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However, the biggest difference in here is the fact that Teams in integrated into the Office 365 network. Any company using 365 Business or Enterprise can use Teams without any additional costs. Besides, being in this network means being connected to other professional apps given with the Office 365 such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel or SharePoint. Nevertheless, the key to success is supporting third-party apps, something Slack is really good at. As of now, Teams does not have as much integrations as the Slack, but day by day, they continue to support new ones.

If you are a Microsoft Office 365 Business or Enterprise subscriber, you can use Microsoft Teams Preview starting today although you need to wait until early 2017 to see the  general availability.

Source | Microsoft

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