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Is Microsoft Teams Killing Slack?

Teams is taking over, so what does that mean for Slack?

Is Microsoft Teams Killing Slack?

Microsoft Teams, one of the world’s leading solutions for enterprise collaboration, has been growing in popularity at break-neck speed over the last year. In March 2019, Teams turned two years old and announced that it was then being used by around 500,000 organisations worldwide.

What’s more, countless industry experts agree that Microsoft Teams is likely to be the go-to collaboration solution for enterprises in search of highly-professional tools that integrate with their existing productivity stack. After all, there are already countless businesses around the world that rely on other Microsoft offerings like Office 365, Azure, and Outlook.

A trending video from Section4, an NSFW business media company that offers short-form podcasts and video insights, recently addressed the impact that Microsoft Teams is having on other collaboration solutions like Slack.

Microsoft Teams and the Death of Slack

According to Scott Galloway, the voice behind the recent video on Microsoft’s strategy for demolishing Slack’s position in the collaboration landscape, it’s a worrying time for companies like Slack. Although Slack might have been the brand that originally introduced the world to team collaboration as we know it today, it’s innovators like Microsoft Teams that are now capturing the most attention.

Galloway describes Microsoft Teams as a “Death Star” of the current economy – an industry powerhouse that prevents other younger and smaller companies from maintaining their presence in the market. As a compelling piece of the Office 365 portfolio, Microsoft Teams has almost completely overtaken Slack. Businesses interested in creating innovative collaboration solutions are now left to wonder how they can compete in a world where industry giants like Microsoft Teams are already so significant.

Galloway’s video highlights how Microsoft Teams built on the existing success of Slack in the communication and collaboration marketplace, combining a similar experience with their successful portfolio, to potentially chase Slack out of the marketplace.

Death Stars in the Economy

Scott Galloway’s intriguing discussion on the significant impact of Microsoft Teams in the collaboration space compares Microsoft to a “Death Star” from Star Wars – a colossal creation capable of unprecedented destruction. According to Galloway, Microsoft has been slowly killing Slack over the last few years, focusing just a small amount of its attention on gradually undermining the alternative collaboration tool.

While it took Slack nearly 6 years to achieve 10 million daily active users, Microsoft Teams has already achieved 13 million daily active users in only 3 years. The question is, can Slack and other “rebel forces” in the collaboration landscape really fight back against something as significant as Microsoft Teams? Scott discusses the idea of launching a rebellion against the Death Stars of the economy in his latest video, with plenty of useful insights that are well worth checking out.

What do you think about the rise of industry death stars? Do you believe that Microsoft Teams will destroy Slack once and for all? Let us know in the comments, or join the conversation on social media.



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AvatarMichael Conyers 10:38, 10 Oct 2019

This is complete nonsense.
I have used Slack for 3 years and given up on most MS products in their “productivity stack”.
Slack is miles better than the MS offer (even if it’s free!).
If you really want to see how bad Microsoft is at productivity look at Microsoft Dynamics…

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  • AvatarKyle Lyles 16:52, 17 Oct 2019

    Michael, I am in 100% agreement with you. I don’t use MSoft in my company, so won’t even try to compare. However I’ve seen a lot of gnashing of teeth at our customers’ sites over the past year regarding Teams.

    I was at a meeting two weeks ago when a large number of employees were discussing how to kill the automatic start up of Teams because they hate it so deeply. I quietly grinned as it was at least the fifth time I had heard the comment in the past quarter.

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  • AvatarKyle Lyles 16:54, 17 Oct 2019

    I am in 100% agreement with you Michael. I don’t use Microsoft at my company, so I can’t comment first hand. However I have witnessed plenty gnashing of teeth at customer sites regarding Teams. Just two weeks ago a large amount of employees were discussing how to stop the autostart of Teams on Windows start up because they hate Teams so deeply.

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