Earlier this month we broke the news of Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Skype teams, coming soon to Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. According to a report originating from Petri- “soon” might be as soon as early January next year.
Petri’s Brad Sams reports that the new Skype Teams app may be another beneficiary of Microsoft’s misunderstood new “Skype for Life” initiative – a term which refers to the new cloud platform that the firm has been building its newer Skype clients on. As a result of that, it can be inferred Microsoft’s enterprise focus Skype for Teams app may well be a replacement to the now-aging Skype for Business. for Office 365 Enterprise users due to their overlapping areas of focus.
Microsoft has allegedly been developing the app for a period of 18 months and after a log testing period, the firm supposedly intends to release the app for users of Ofice 365 in November. t won’t be available for Office 365 home and personal users – rather it is aimed at business users, who would already be paying for Office 365 services which include collaborative features. As a result, the app will integrate with your existing Office 365 comments and link to your calendars in app.
Skype Teams is Microsoft’s attempt to challenge what has now become one of the standards for internal communication, as such, the company has to put its best foot forward. While earlier reports indicate that Microsoft is bringing a highly polished app to their users – one of the problems of messaging apps does not revolve around features – but the current entrenchment and sunk costs into the current communication solution.
Skype teams may very well dethrone Slack, or it may become yet another abandoned messaging app in a year full of abandoned messaging apps. So far, it looks like Microsoft has built it, now it is up for “them” to come.