Microsoft ratchets up group chat competition with Teams launch


Microsoft’s work chat app Teams hit general availability on Tuesday, as part of the company’s push to compete with Slack, HipChat, Google and other players in the group chat market.

Teams is designed to help groups of people collaborate at work by letting them communicate in real time. Users can take part in multiple Teams, which provide space for group conversations in a series of channels.

Each channel can include integrations of third-party developer content, so users can do things like manage Asana tasks, edit OneNote notebooks and view HootSuite social feeds without leaving Teams. In addition, teams can use the app for group audio and video meetings.

Starting Tuesday, Teams will be enabled by default for Office 365’s more than 85 million monthly active users. 50,000 companies have already opted in to trying Teams out during its beta period.

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