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Microsoft launches “Teams”, its own Slack for communication within companies

For a while now we are seeing how the options that allow us to stay connected with our co-workers have multiplied and are becoming increasingly popular. After the recent arrival of Facebook Workplace -the Facebook tool focused on communication within companies -, Microsoft announced a few hours ago Teams, a tool that comes to compete directly with Slack.

Unlike Facebook Workplace or Slack, not everyone will be able to sign up and use Teams. This service It will only be available to those customers who have contracted Office 365 Business or Enterprise products. This may work against the application and cause it not to have the expected success, although it is still too late to draw conclusions.

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Teams, will you stand up to Slack?

It should be noted that Teams was launched a few hours ago but only as a preview for Office 365 customers, accessible from 181 countries and available in 18 languages. At the moment there is no news about the release of its final version, although it is expected to take place during the first quarter of next year 2017.

Because it's part of Office 365, Teams is truly integrated with other Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI, and Delve. In this way, the service allows you to send and receive files, make individual or group video calls or the classic chat that also include other similar applications and that support emojis, GIFs and custom memes.

Microsoft Bot is fully supported in Microsoft Teams and also has the Exchange Connector model, which allows you to have notifications and updates from third-party services such as Twitter or GitHub, as indicated by GSM Arena. Microsoft has wanted to make it very clear that Teams is a very secure tool and the data is encrypted at all times.

It should be noted that Microsoft Teams is available for download from the web in its desktop version or from Google Play for our mobile devices. What do you think of Microsoft's new solution for communication within the company?

Google play | Microsoft Teams (Free)