Microsoft is officially taking on Slack.
The tech giant is launching Microsoft Teams, new real-time collaboration software that mirrors many of the features of Slack, including rooms, search and more "cultural" tricks like easy sharing of GIFs and memes.
"Just like Outlook brought together email, contacts and calendar into one magical user experience scaffolding that changed how we worked, Teams will bring together chat, meetings, notes, Office, Planner, Power BI... and other extensions and applications to help users get work done," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the launch event.
One of the major differentiators of Microsoft Teams is integration with Office 365.
Word, Sharepoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner and more all connect with Teams directly, letting users share, open and pin individual documents directly in Teams.
A feature that Slack users will find familiar is T-Bot, Microsoft Teams' built-in bot that can interject in conversations or respond directly to queries, especially ones about how to better use the app.