What you need to know

  • Slack's CEO said that he doesn't view Microsoft Teams as a threat.
  • The CEO compared Microsoft Teams vs. Slack to Bing vs. Google.
  • Microsoft Teams recently surpassed Slack in terms of the number of daily active users.

Slack's CEO, Stewart Butterfield, said that he doesn't view Microsoft Teams as a threat "if it's based on the bigger distribution." Butterfield spoke at length in an interview at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference (via CNBC). In the interview, he spoke at length on Slack, its progress, and its priorities as a company. At the 17:05 mark, the interviewer turned the interview towards Slack's biggest competitor, Microsoft Teams.

Butterfield goes through some history regarding large companies trying to compete with smaller companies that had a specific focus. He points out that Microsoft tried to compete with Google using Bing and invested tens of billions of dollars but is at a 9 percent market share (8.6 according to NetMarketShare). He also draws a parrallel to Google trying to push Google+ to compete with Facebook. He states that the lesson they've learned is that "A smaller company, if it has real traction with customers in some cases has a bit of an advantage against a larger company with multiple lines of business."

He later added that "If it's based on the bigger distribution, I don't think that's really a threat."

While Stewart points out two examples with Google+ and Bing, they aren't direct parallels to Microsoft Teams. Bing never approached the same market share that Google had, and Google+ always lagged behind Facebook in terms of engagement. Microsoft Teams has already surpassed Slack in terms of daily active users. Microsoft Teams launched in March 2017.

Stewart points out in the interview that the larger you get as a company, the harder it is to focus on the quality of a service and user experience, adding "So if the competition was based on the quality of user experience, and that's where all the effort is, that would probably be more daunting for us."

He also states in the interview that Microsoft is an incredible company and a good partner to work with. Slack recently announced integrations with Office 365 so it seems the companies have an understanding and a mutual interest.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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