In a team communication world dominated by Slack, Microsoft has entered its name into the area. Microsoft’s Microsoft Team, like Slack, is designed to help teams commune on a project wherever they are and at any time. Slack is the leader of team communication platforms. You sync your files and anybody on your project’s team can work on it, give notes, take notes and brainstorm ideas whenever they get the itch.
What sets apart Slack from Microsoft Teams is that Microsoft Teams requires you to have an Office 365 subscription. Slack has a free tier as well as a $6.67 tier and a $12.50 tier. Paid tiers are per user per month. Office 365 starts at $9.99 a month or $99 for a year. For those that are part of a team building group, Slack looks like it’s still going to be the go to platform for team communication.
Today, at an event in New York City, we announced Microsoft Teams—the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Office 365 global, secure cloud. Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available in preview in 181 countries and in 18 languages to commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans, with general availability expected in the first quarter of 2017.
At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the mission of helping people and organizations achieve more—and reinventing productivity for the cloud and mobile world is core to our ambition. We built Microsoft Teams because we see both tremendous opportunity and tremendous change in how people and teams get work done. Teams are now more agile and organizational structures more flat to keep communications and information flowing. With Microsoft Teams, we aspire to create a more open, digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible—across the team—so everyone can stay in the know.