After Slack managed to redefine the way corporate communications work, Microsoft who still happens to dominate the office space wouldn’t take it lying low. For quite some time, we had been hearing something similar in the form of ‘Skype Teams’. While it yet to launch officially, we now have a new name for the service- ‘Microsoft Teams’.
Until a few days ago, a beta login page for the same was appearing on teams.skype.com. Now, the URL is being redirected to a new page, teams.microsoft.com, suggesting a rechristening of the service. In addition to this, concepts, screenshots and other internal documents have also popped up on the internet.
Microsoft Teams has been touted to bring all the features that makes Slack awesome and integrate them to all other existing Office offerings from Microsoft including Office365 and OneDrive.
Bots are also part of the plan along with threaded messaging. In addition, it will also allow for voice and video calling from all devices.
Microsoft has stated multiple times that over 300 million people use Skype and it will be interesting to see whether the user base adopts the teamworking tool.
Slack, a web-based IRC-like messaging app had become the go-to app for newsrooms and other businesses around the world and has been taking out a considerable chunk out of Microsoft’s presence in workplaces.
While there is still no official launch date for Microsoft Teams, Microsoft has sent out invites for an Office Event on November 2 in New York City. Microsoft has been testing the app internally all this while and had even bumped up priority for it. So hopefully, we will be seeing Microsoft Teams by next week.
For now, Microsoft is slated to hold a hardware launch event tonight where among other things, a Surface AIO is rumored to be announced. The Surface AIO will be Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Macs and will be an opportunity for the company to define how to make Windows desktops great again!