Microsoft Teams is a Slack competitor that’s part of Office 365

At its Office event in New York City today, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams. Previously known as Skype Teams internally, this is the company’s answer to Slack.

Microsoft Teams is a web-based chat service aimed at businesses and schools that have multiple teams working on various projects at once. It features channels/groups, private messages, Skype video and audio calls, Office 365 integration (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files), OneDrive support, as well as emoji, giphy images, memes, and so on. Threaded conversations, which Slack sorely lacks, are include in Microsoft Teams.

The app is “designed to facilitate real time conversations and collaborations while maintaining and building up that institutional knowledge of a team,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said at today’s event.

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