After several weeks of rumors and leaks, Microsoft has officially announced Microsoft Teams; a new Slack competitor that aims to make team-collaboration easy and quick. Powered by Office and Skype, Microsoft Teams is aimed at businesses using Office 365, and has a wide array of features.

Microsoft's goal with Teams is to empower every team to achieve more. With direct integration with OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, and other Office related products, making it an excellent choice over the likes of Slack and HipChat for those using Office 365.

From Microsoft's official Teams website:

Get flexible communication in the moment and keep everyone in the know. See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.

Many will be ready to compare Microsoft Teams with Slack, another popular team-collaboration tool that boasts 4 million daily active users. Slack even went so far as to write an open letter to Microsoft, encouraging them to break into the team-collaboration market whilst simultaneously showing that they're worried for what Microsoft has to offer.

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Office 365 is a huge service for Microsoft, and with Microsoft Teams, that service just gets better. We'll have more details on Microsoft's new collaboration service soon, so stay tuned at Windows Central for more.

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