While the longstanding take-up over Microsoft's $8 billion Slack acquisition got canceled back in March , the tech titan is now on its toe to introduce the bigger and better version of Slack from its existing version of video and voice calling platform Skype.
Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a cutting-edge messaging application for teams to remain connected. However, followed by the episode of canceled acquisition, Microsoft is expected to include several features of Slack's current messaging app in its new venture, Skype Teams.
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Here are the features we can expect from Skype Teams as reported by Microsoft-focused news blog MSPowerUser.
Chat over 'Channels'
Skype Teams is expected to allow users to chat within different groups within a team, similar to Slack. Also, members can communicate through direct messages or IM.
As a key differentiator, 'Threaded Conversation' feature is expected to look like a Facebook commenting thread, where team members can simply reply to any text by hitting the reply button. The thread will be open to all.
Video and Voice Calling
Keeping the basic structure of Skype model, team members can easily make video and voice calls from a public channel or privately. Combining this feature with Skype for Business, teams can schedule and conduct large-scale meetings for bigger and globally-spread teams.
Like almost every other messaging apps, file sharing is one feature that Skype Teams will also carry forward. Here teams and team members can exchange notes and other files.
Addition of Skype Bots
Much utilized AI bots like Siri and Cortana in Apple and Windows phones and Slackbot, Skype Teams will also incorporate Skype bots from its Bot Framework for making the chatting experience more effortless and helpful.
While Slack continues to pave its way through the niche and lucrative business software space in Silicon Valley by rolling out video and voice chatting features, Microsoft's enterprise-grade user experience can present Skype Teams as one challenging contender in the present marketplace.