A new report claims to have more information on the still unannounced Skype Teams messaging service from Microsoft. The article says that it will have a number of collaboration tools for business and enterprise customers.
The first reports of Skype Teams, which looks to be a competitor to the established Slack service, surfaced a few weeks ago. In the new report from Petri it states:
Files can be embedded in a chat and it makes collaboration much easier. By clicking on a file, it opens up a document editor with the chat thread next to the document with everyone in the thread able to interact and work on the content together.
Since this service is based around Skype, there will be some video and group chat features as well:
By clicking the camera icon on a thread, you can open up a group chat and then quickly invite those people in the thread or the entire team in the channel to a conversation. The goal of this feature is to make communicating with those working directly on a file or chatting in a thread easier than the traditional Skype method of creating a new chat room every time you need to host a conference call.
Again, Microsoft has not yet publicly confirmed the existence of Skype Teams, so it's possible plans could change. Previous reports claim that Microsoft could expand Skype Teams to more beta testers in November, and an official launch might happen sometime in 2017.