Microsoft was pondering on a decision to buy the chat app Slack spending $3.8 billion. But co-founder Bill Gates halted the process right before the time when the offer could be made.
Skype instead of Slack
Instead of buying Slack, Gates proposed they can do a lot more with Skype in order to serve its users better and make more profit. In 2011 Microsoft bought the then red-hot Skype costing US$8.5 billion.
Microsoft embraced the money man Gates’ feedback by heart. A report from Microsoft-centric blog MSpoweruser shows that the tech Mughal is working with a tool bannered Skype Teams which is working on Skype’s betterment in order to beat Slack.
In resemblance with slack, Skype offers “Channels”. Channels are distinctive chat rooms for groups like sales, marketing or product. MSpoweruser reports that there is a new feature in the conversation which is “Threaded Conversation”. In this new addition, the conversation will appear much like Facebook comment threads.
Both Skype and Slack are providing a similar aura in online communication. The Skype Team is providing the similar facility of calling straight from the chat window as Slack does.
Eventually, in accordance with the MSpoweruser report Skype Team will be in Microsoft 365 suit as part of the monthly subscriptions of the businesses. Yet it will be available as an independent product too. It is a smart move for Microsoft while Slack is making fast headway toward the alluring software business.
The fight between Microsoft and Slack seems not to be getting any slack. Slack has already found a pretty cave in the tech ventures and mid-size companies and living being loved in Silicon Valley. However, competing with a corporation like Microsoft will truly be a tough fight.