Microsoft Teams can now help you stay on task with Trello integration

If you rely on Trello to manage your team's workflows, Microsoft Teams just got a little more attractive. Microsoft's Slack competitor has added Trello integration, allowing teams to manage their boards directly within the app or on the web.

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From the looks of it, using Trello inside of Microsoft Teams gives you all of the same control and features you can access on the web. Once you've added the integration to your team, you can browse your boards, add and manage cards, and more — all without having to leave the confines of Teams.

As a pretty popular workflow management service, Trello is a pretty big score for Teams as it looks to challenge Slack for dominance in team collaboration space. While Teams only saw a full global launch in mid-March, Microsoft at the time said it was already in use by some 50,000 organizations in 181 markets worldwide. More service integrations will be key to its expansion, and Trello is a small part of that.

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  • Sadly, Teams will not be any kind of an actual competitor to Slack until they break it out of Office 365 and make it available to consumers with a free version.
  • I don't know, some of the functionality is actually better, but free could take it a long way, at least if it were free to small groups like Trello.
  • I don't know, some of the functionality is actually better, but free could take it a long way, at least if it were free to small groups like Trello.
  • It doesn't necessarily need to be free, but they definitely need to make it open to people with Home and Personal licenses. A lot of decentralized organizations have BYOD policies and most of those people (prime candidates for Teams) don't have commercial Office 365 accounts.
  • I'm in this boat. I use Teams with one large client, because the client uses it with their Office 365 subscription for over a thousand users. And I have my own subsicription to Office 365. But for my smaller startups I'm helping launch, where we use several remote developers who work on their own equipment and use their own software, Slack (or even Atlassian's HipChat) is the option, because everyone can use it for free (we do also use Microsoft's Skype for this same reason). I'm happy to pay for Office for myself, but for a startup business, I can't justify spending money for something that doesn't provide a significant increase in productivity over a similar free option (cash is king to a startup). And unfortutanely, if a company starts with Slack because it's free, when they're ready to expand, Slack is happy to provide additional features for a price. By then, there's already some real commitment to the solution (product-lock), and MS is missing out on these users. Having said that, Teams is just barely starting. It may be that they will make this available more broadly and for free or very low price once they feel they have a feature-complete product and can differentiate the free and paid versions in some way.
  • That makes absolutely no sense at all. Microsoft doesn't need a free version. Slack has 4-5 million users with maybe a million and a half that actually pay. Microsoft has over 85 million O365 subscribers that pay for the service so I doubt they are concerned about Slack.
  • Seems like Trello is similar to Microsoft's own Planner.