Slack is one of the main platforms of collaboration software for teams, and one of its main attractions is the integration of external applications, which provide access to functions of other platforms, also used by their users in their daily work, without the need to leave Slack.
Among the many integrations that offers its all-encompassing Application directory, we can find several related Microsoft Office products such as Outlook (allowing you to send emails or sync calendar), OneDrive (share and preview documents) or Sharepoint.
An integration unexpected
However, Slack is going to add to these integrations with Microsoft Office products another new, and certainly unexpected: according to recent statements from Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, the following tool will integrate its platform will be Microsoft Teamshis greatest rival in the field of team collaboration.
The announcement comes just as Teams experienced a huge boom since the beginning of the crisis of the coronavirus, having won 12 millions of users in a few weeks. 12 million (and a half) is the number of the last record of concurrent users of Slack, reached also this same week.
It may seem, therefore, a strange movement on the part of Slack; especially if we take into account that the integration would be focused to be able to initiate voice calls and video Teams, a function with which Slack has already deformed native.
However, the company is aware that the majority of their corporate customers are also users of versions of MS Office 365, which already includes Teams at no additional cost (and, in addition to, in substitution of Skype for Business).
Slack has clarified that is not collaborating with Microsoft to develop this tool, but rely on the APIs public Teams; on the other hand, they have also talked about concrete deadlines for the integration with Teams becoming available in the Directory of Applications of Slack.
Via | ZDnet
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