Microsoft Teams planning to join to grow business chat software market. Microsoft’s latest product has put Slack square in its scope, with some hope of taking a chunk from the business chat market.
Unlike Windows or Office, Microsoft are not early to the table in the collaboration and business of chat space, with formidable competitors like Slack and Google has already been assisting business customers with internal chat needs.
But Microsoft Teams, the Seattle-based company’s latest product that was generally released in this week has put some hope to take a chunk out of the business chat software market by targeting its deep pool of existing customers.
In which with its expansive reach into the business process which has already cemented with products like Office and Outlook, It has been bundling Microsoft Teams with Office 365 licenses, integrated chat, allowing for native and a collaborative workspace within Office 365 products.
“Teams is what Office 365 should have been in the first place,” said by Alan Lepofsky, principal & vice president analyst at Constellation Research Inc. “It’s a unifying front end that brings together conversations and documents and messaging and voice and video and project management. Teams can be the new starting point.”
Integration with Microsoft products
The biggest advantage with Microsoft Teams is that it has over competitors like Slack or HipChat are that type of Teams in which it is integrated in several popular Microsoft business applications — with some integration with more products expected throughout in 2017.
In a general release webinar for the business chat software, it showed off some close integrations with Word, SharePoint, Excel, Power BI and Calendar, among other apps. Users are able to drop working on documents and spreadsheets directly into threaded conversations, which was included in separate tabs for Power BI analytics and a Planner for easy access to campaign analytics and meeting scheduling of the company. Users can also quickly move from a Teams conversation and then to a Skype call with multiple parties.
Integration with Office and other its other products might be Teams’ biggest obstacle in gaining more of the market that has been genuinely curious about its functionality.