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Microsoft is really looking to take the fight to Slack with its Teams collaboration tool. For those not in the know, Microsoft Teams is a platform for chatting, file sharing and video/audio calls (among other things) aimed at business users. In addition, Teams offers excellent integration with other Microsoft products including the ever-popular Office suite and Skype.  However, one area where Teams has come up short compared to Slack is when it comes to a free option. A free tier is critical for Teams to gain acceptance with small businesses, and it is a way to give customers a small "taste" of what to expect with the platform and entice to them with a larger feature-set with the paid options.... Read more...
Google has just announced that its Slack challenger, Hangouts Chat, has exited beta. Hangouts Chat is now an official member of the core G Suite service. Google wrote, "From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently. With dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time—plus threaded conversations—Chat makes it simple to track progress and follow up tasks."  You can work with other G Suite apps from within Chat, that means collaborating with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Users can also join Hangouts Meet online meetings from within Chat. An integrated search engine allows you to search for room members, past conversations, and... Read more...
A popular messaging startup used in business settings is starting to see some interest among major technology players about a possible acquisition. That messaging startup is Slack, and one of the interested parties is Amazon. To make the deal happen, Amazon—or any other technology outfit—would have to come at Slack hard with a 10-digit offer, as the messaging service is said to command $9 billion (or more) from interested parties.Should Amazon make a play for Slack, it would likely qualify as the online retailer's largest acquisition ever. It is also one that Amazon could afford, though even so, a $9 billion investment is not something to be taken lightly. As it stands right now, no agreement... Read more...
Have you been slacking on throwing together a company meeting because your co-workers or employees are spread to the four winds? If you are a Slack fan, you no longer have an excuse -- the cloud-based team collaboration tool now includes group video calling.Users can directly call anyone on their Slack team by simply pushing the call button. There are no invite links, separate apps, or even separate buttons. If users have a prepaid plan, they can include up to fifteen people in a group video call. Video calls also include emojis so that users can respond to meetings without having to un-mute their microphone. The emojis will be displayed over the video feed and include a small sound. Some included... Read more...
Slack, the popular real-time messaging tool, is making it easy for users to register with and log into other services and applications. It's doing that through "Sign in with Slack," a feature that ties a person's Slack account to external services so they can use their same login information. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Sign in with Slack does essentially the same thing as Facebook Connect and Google Apps Identity, to name just two similar services, though Slack's reasoning is more business oriented. By introducing this feature, Slack aims to keep teams connected across the various apps their organizations might be using. "When a user signs up for your app using Sign in with Slack, they’ll be... Read more...
Since its launch in 2013, Slack has risen to superstardom. In a recent blog post, the company highlighted some of its recent milestones, which includes hitting 2.3 million daily active users by its second anniversary, over 675,000 paid seats, and over $64 million in annual revenue. Not bad for a software solution that came out of nowhere just a couple of years ago. Given its meteoric success, it's only a matter of time before this cloud-based collaboration tool gets snapped up by a bigger company, but that company apparently isn't going to be Microsoft. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft apparently mulled the idea of acquiring Slack but instead decided to double-down on its Skype focus. Microsoft's... Read more...
Slack, the fast-growing startup previously known as Tiny Speck, has rolled out an optional two-factor authentication feature in response to a recent hacker attack. The company confirmed there was unauthorized access to its database containing user profile information, and though it was quick to respond and made changes to its security infrastructure to prevent future incidents, Slack "strongly" encourages its users to take advantage of two-factor authentication. Before talking about that, let's look at what happened. According to Slack, the database that was hacked contained usernames, email addresses, and one-way encrypted (hashed) passwords. It also contained information... Read more...