Slack 'excited to have some competition' from Microsoft Teams

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.

While the Slack team From Slack:

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.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • What if MSFT ends up buying Slack? And then integrating its features with Microsoft Teams ??
    Would be cool.
    And as Slack said it. They'll still "be around". Haha.
  • what features does Slack have that Teams doesn't?
  • I'm not sure. Was just saying :)
    Slack has quite a lot of people using it, that's why.
  • If they were going to do that they would have done it a year ago instead of developing a new product from scratch. I suspect they probably tried and it didn't pan out.
  • No need. MS Teams integrated directly into Outlook. I don't think non-365 users will see it. My guess is corporate Outlook users won't get it until Outlook 2018.
  • MS already tried to buy Slack if I remember right, and it was probably for exactly this reason. They've done that with other platforms, apps, and services; they buy it, rebrand it, absorb the features and code into their code base, and then launch it as their own product. This is in both the enterprise and consumer spaces. I'm really interested in seeing how this makes Slack improve and curious to get my hands on Teams at work this week
  • Could anyone explain me what Slack is? Everyone is talking about it and I don't even know the purpose of it.
  • Collaboration and messaging tool/program for businesses
  • Sounds more like they're patting MS Teams on the head 'good BOY! let's see you compete with us even though we know you won't" condescending ****.
  • I didn't get that at all from their statement. It seemed more like they were saying "Damn! We've been enjoying this success, so it is scary to have some real competition! Your product looks very similar to ours and therefore we think it must actually be pretty good, but at least it confirms that we've done well in making our product."
  • Slack already has a big headstart - even I use the platform and was skeptical at first. If anything, this lights a fire under Slack's a** to make sure they stay ahead. I believe they are genuinely happy to see MS step in because competition breeds innovation. Do they think MS can surpass them? There's a good chance of that if that sit on their a**, so they won't. The consumer wins, overall.
  • Just talked to the Office 365 admins in my organization (Fortune 500 company with 50,000+ employees worldwide) and they are excited for this to be tested and released to the masses in our company.   I for one, can't wait.
  • Since Teams come as part of Office 365 Subscription, big Enterprise companies goes this way than Slack. It will take some time to get rolling however.
  • That full-page ad Slack put up on The New York Times reeked of desperation though.
  • So when you're running a company, and a larger, well known company enters your space by offering a very similar product, it is scary times. I think desperation is a better indicator of long term success than being nonchalant. 
  • How about surface teams
  • Stop.
  • Hahaha haha damn
  • Hahaha LOL
  • A joke bro
  • Slack put out a New York Times full back-page ad giving MS advise and expressing that they are scared about MS's entrance in this space. Incredible.