Slack collaborates with Microsoft Team to integrate its calling features to Slack’s chat feature.
The collaboration tool, Slack, is reportedly working on a technology that would enable its users to talk with Microsoft Teams’ users. This plan was announced by Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield during his call with RBC analyst Alex Zukin last Thursday. The present health crisis pandemic that’s hitting many countries in the world right now has affected the workforce of several industries. The social distancing has forced workers to bring their work at home and set up flexible working locations.
There’s still no news as to when this integration will roll out for its users or how it will work, however, making it easier for their users to use Microsoft’s Office 365 may have been part of their bigger plans of integration.
At the moment, Slack is already connected with OneDrive, Outlook, and SharePoint making it more efficient for users to do their tasks while using that app in conversing with other members of the team.
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Microsoft and Slack have been neck to neck against each other. Just last month, Microsoft was able to beat Slack’s daily active users in the previous users. But with the coronavirus outbreak, both apps have been seeing a spike in their number of users. Microsoft reported an overwhelming number of 44 million daily active users at the beginning of March, a 40% increase. Slack also hit a new record high with 12.5 million concurrent users.
What’s coming for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is planning to launch a real-time noise suppression feature for its Teams by the end of the year. This is especially efficient for remote workers who are working with kids or pets in their vicinity The new feature will mute down the noise around its users so as to make the meetings a much voice focused environment. AI will be used to remove the background noise and to focus the mic to the users’ voice instead of the noise.
A ‘raise hand’ feature akin to Zoom is also coming to the app later this year. Users can also click on a button if they want to make a quick comment or ask a question in a, particularly large meeting. To make it easier to chat with other team members while the meeting is going on, Team will have pop-out chat boxes in separate windows too. All of these features are set to roll out later this year.