Microsoft launches Microsoft Teams, a team communication competitor to Slack.

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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.

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  1. Viktor 6 November, 2016 at 16:47

    My employer uses Slack and it works great. If Teams is anywhere near the quality then it should be a good thing for O365 users. One of my clients uses O365 so I think this would come in handy for them.

  2. Plainview 6 November, 2016 at 18:00

    If you're a subscriber to O365, it makes sense to use it as I'm sure it's seamless. If you're working on a lot of different applications, Slack is the way to go.

  3. Bellybama 7 November, 2016 at 15:58

    Never heard of Slack nor this. My team is not organized, they don't like change and refuse to implement technology.

    Maybe you could sell the idea to them, by getting cool headsets with microphones that look like the ones that Madonna wore during The Girly Tour in 1993.

    I'd be all over that!

    Although at my work, I've had to fire people for too much communication…

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