Microsoft Teams has been announced today as the primary alternative to Slack.
Slack has revolutionized the way companies organize their internal communication; It is no longer necessary to waste time organizing meetings, if we can achieve the same with an app.
So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft wants to take Slack off his piece of cake; will try it with Teams, its new service that will be part of Office 365 Enterprise and Business in the first quarter of 2017.
Microsoft wants part of the Slack pie
The main part of Teams is chat, of course; we can create conversation threads to which any member of the group can join. We can also create private conversations within the group if we only want to talk to some members.
In these conversations we can use the same as in any other app; emojis, gifs, stickers, links, and even custom memes, because not everything is serious.
Microsoft Teams was previously called Skype Teams, and it shows; integration with the app goes as far as we can do video and audio conferences directly from Teams.
In addition to Skype, Microsoft Teams integrates with other Office 365 applications. We can create Word documents, Excel PowerPoint and many more with the group users; In turn, Office 365 Groups are compatible with Teams.
Microsoft Teams Targets Businesses
Microsoft promises that each team will be able to customize their groups, thanks in part to the open API. And when it comes to security, Teams’ conversations are encrypted and Microsoft cannot access our information.
Microsoft Teams can be a very interesting tool for companies, especially if they already have Office 365; Integration with other Microsoft services and apps is without a doubt its strong point.
It is now possible to use the previous version of Microsoft Teams in 181 passes, while the final launch will be in the first quarter of 2017.
Update: Microsoft Teams Now Available
As planned, Microsoft Team arrives just in time in March 2017 and integrates seamlessly with the entire Office 365 suite so it can be squeezed by organizations.
It is available both in the Microsoft store and in Google Play for Android devices. Recall that Google also wants to compete with Microsoft Teams with the Hangouts Chat announcement: