Microsoft officially replacing Skype for Business

Microsoft officially replacing Skype for Business

Microsoft is bolstering Microsoft Teams to better challenge Slack in the battle of the collaborative, chatty workplace apps. For starters, Teams will

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Microsoft is bolstering Microsoft Teams to better challenge Slack in the battle of the collaborative, chatty workplace apps. For starters, Teams will replace Skype for Business teamwork app. At the same time, Teams will get some of Skype’s advanced voice and video calling technology.

“Microsoft Teams will evolve as the core communications client,” Microsoft Office 365 Vice President Ron Markezich said at a press briefing, reports Reuters. “We will make Microsoft Teams the hero and primary experience for all voice, video, and meetings.”

 At its Frontiers event this month, Slack reported it currently has over 50,000 teams that pay for its service, and marked the first day it had over six million users logged into the service in a 24-hour period. Meanwhile, Microsoft says that over 125,000 organizations currently use its Teams app.

For over a year, Slack has been candid about how it intends to compete with Microsoft, which Slack feels copied many of its chat features. Before Microsoft announced Teams in late 2016, Slack purchased a full page in The New York Times, extolling its deep research into and understanding of how people and workplaces now communicate over software mediums. Slack addressed Microsoft directly:

“How far you go in helping companies truly transform to take advantage of this shift in working is even more important than the individual software features you are duplicating.”

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