Microsoft Reportedly Working On Skype Teams, Its Slack Competitor

It has recently been reported that Microsoft wanted to purchase Slack for $800 billion. Slack is a messaging app for teams and recently this app has been gaining quite a bit of popularity. Mspoweruser has reported that Microsoft is currently working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand.
Skype Teams is going on to be Microsoft’s take on messaging apps for teams. Skype Teams is said to add numerous similar features, which you will be able to find on Slack. For instance, Skype Teams will allow you to chat in different groups, within the team, which is also known as Channels. In addition to this, the users will also be able to talk to each other through Direct Messages on Skype Teams.
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Skype Teams will also feature Threaded Conversations, which is among the main feature, which is lacking on Slack. With Threaded Conversations, you can simply reply to the messages on a channel just by clicking on the reply button. Anyone can join the thread, whenever they want, just like Disqus Comments or Facebook Comments.
Microsoft will add some of the main features of Skype on Skype Teams, which would be quite similar to Skype itself. Skype Teams will be capable of making video calls in a channel or privately. In order to take this further, the company has gone ahead and has added the ability to schedule online meetings, which can turn out to be quite useful in the case of large teams.
Skype Teams will also permit the users to share the files, notes etc. These basic features are now available in almost all the chatting apps, however, Skype Teams also works with several other Services, so as to make the chatting experiences better and it is being expected that Microsoft would go on to allow bots from its Bot Framework, so as to work with the Skype Teams. The Service will also go on to feature Office 365 integration (for PowerPoint, Word, etc.) which seems like a useful feature for the businesses which use Office 365.
The Skype Teams will come with a sidebar, which will allow you to gain easy access to the different features of the Service. There is also an activity tab, where you will be able to find the latest notifications. Chat tab is also present, which will allow you to find all your conversations. Along with this, there is a Team tab, where you will be able to switch between the different teams. The Messaging tab will allow you to find your schedule and the Files tab will allow you to find all your files from Skype Teams and OneDrive. Skype Teams also comes with a feature known as “The Fun Picker”, where you will be able to add emojis, GIfs from Giphy, Memes, and lot more.
The Skype Teams will go on to include the same user experience as that of Slack. If you have earlier used Slack, you will find Skype Teams quite familiar. The company wants to get Skype Teams on all the devices and hence, this is the reason, why they are currently planning a Web and Windows app release. For the mobile devices, the company will be launching Skype Team on iOS, Android and Windows phones.
Currently, Microsoft is testing Skype Teams internally and we do not know, when they plan to launch it to the public. However, as per the information, it seems that Microsoft initially plans to launch this Service for Office 365 subscribers and it might come to other users later.

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