Staring down the launch of Microsoft Teams, Slack said that it is "excited to have some competition" from Microsoft's entrant into the collaborative workplace chat arena. The Slack team made its feelings known and congratulated Microsoft while expressive a bit of concern bthrough a blog post ahead of the Teams launch.
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Wow. Big news! Congratulations on today's announcements. We're genuinely excited to have some competition.
We realized a few years ago that the value of switching to Slack was so obvious and the advantages so overwhelming that every business would be using Slack, or "something just like it," within the decade. It's validating to see you've come around to the same way of thinking. And even though — being honest here — it's a little scary, we know it will bring a better future forward faster.
Slack then took the opportunity to offer Microsoft some advice, ranging from items like "it's not the features that matter," to espousing the importance of an open platform. Slack rounded things off by noting that, no matter what happens, it's here to stay.
It will definitely be interesting to see if Microsoft can effectively leverage Microsoft Teams in the workplace to gain a foothold in a space currently dominated by Slack. And while Microsoft's offering may have an uphill climb, it certainly looks to be off to a good start.