Microsoft has announced a new chat-based app in Office 365 called Microsoft Teams. This new app is aimed to go head-on with its rival app, Slack. For most of the developers, Slack does not need any introduction, it’s easy to use, it has amazing features, it’s productive and it’s free.
Microsoft Teams is integrated with the Office applications and is built on a secure cloud, Office 365 global. Microsoft has introduced Teams in order to help organizations and people to achieve more and how they work in a team to get things done.
Slack provides collaborative capabilities and team sharing nature that enables DevOps and Agile scenarios and Microsoft is planning to implement their app in a similar way. Microsoft has developed this app to adopt for modern conversation experience. Microsoft supports threaded chats and team conversations, which as expected will be visible to the entire team. Private conversations are also part of the app and it also includes deep Skype integration, helping teams for video and voice conferences.
Developer teams will now be able to create and track new work items without having to leave their respective team’s channel as Microsoft has bought the Kanban boards, a Visual Studio Team Services into Microsoft Teams. Developers always had a requirement of a communication platform which is connected to the other tools that they use and Microsoft Teams might just be the solution.
Microsoft Teams also has advanced security that the users need and this is achieved by encrypting the data which are both in transit and is at rest. As other Office 365 services, Microsoft Teams is served out of a hyper-scale global network of data centers which are managed centrally.
Finally, Slack has made somewhat a bold move by posting a full page ad in the New York Times to Microsoft which according to Slack is a “friendly advice”. In the letter, it appears that Slack has mentioned a few points on how to build a team-communication app and one of the point stated “First, and most importantly, it’s not the features that matter.”