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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Following Facebook's public release of Workplace a few weeks ago, it seems that team communication is more competitive than its ever been. @corleyh and I were just chatting about this yesterday. It will be interesting to see how Slack moves into enterprise, where MS is so strong.
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@rrhoover Yeah. It is going to be interesting to watch as Slack, FB, and MS go head to head in this space. The piece that MS has that no one else in this group has is relationships with large enterprise accounts; those companies are already using and deploying MS products. Teams can become a feature or essentially one more product listed on an enterprise sales agreement. Buying and deploying Slack is a new product, new partner, new procurement process for these large enterprise customers. Add on to the fact that Microsoft operates subsidiaries in nearly every country in the world - where Slack is just building out their enterprise business. I am excited for the competition - competition is good. Consumers / Users win in that scenario. And I really believe Slack could be the winner - their product is fantastic! I just would not discount Microsoft's ability to do amazing work and ultimately play a role in pushing this space forward. I will definitely be watching this all very, very closely.
Ryan Abrams@ryabrams · Founder, ABR Media Group
@corleyh @rrhoover I'd also throw in a potential entrance into the game by the Big G, who has done quite well with small and medium businesses with Google Apps (or G Suite as they seem to call it these days). They could be really significant players in this if they so choose to enter the fray.
Sandro Jazzar@sandrojazzar · Co-Founder, Shababeek
@corleyh but u are discounting Fb's 😝
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@sandrojazzar I am. I think FB may see growth from less developed countries where their digital life is done 100% on the phone and starts with FB. FB is consumer first. I was at MS when the shift was made from a consumer company to an enterprise one...its hard. FB can totally do it, but its not their strength nor is it their primary focus. Whereas the Enterprise is where MS now leads the back. And this is Slack's business. So, yes - I am discounting FB in this space. Just like I discounted Goggle+ when it launched. (Different products, but some underlying logic).
Hugo Fauquenoi@hfauq · Helping users grow @twistappteam
@rrhoover @corleyh I wonder how the paradigm of IRC can work with Entreprise. It's already pretty difficult to make sense of Slack's overload of information. I can't imagine how that works with 500 people but a day spent scrolling the app instead of actually getting stuff done. I'd love to see something really new in the team communication space.
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@hfauq @rrhoover I can imagine channels would have to be really well thought through and people would have to be disciplined about what they join. Setting your notifications properly would be important. It's super interesting to think about.
Ruben Garcia@rubengarciam · Solutions Engineer @ Dropbox
@ryabrams @corleyh @rrhoover Google is still far away from the enterprise status where MSFT is the "king" and Slack is slowly but steadily getting traction. G Suite as a "whole, compelling collaboration tool" is still addressed to SMBs and their communication tools (hangouts, duo, allo, messenger) are so disjoined that seems unrealistic to add another one to the list
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@ryabrams @corleyh @rrhoover four months later, exactly this has just been announced.
Ryan Abrams@ryabrams · Founder, ABR Media Group
@andreasduess @corleyh @rrhoover It was obvious for MSFT and Google to get into the business chat game. It will be interesting to swing back in a year and see how this all plays out.
Ryan@ryanamurphy · Ryan Murphy
Sucks if you're already logged in for another MS product. No way to view it.
Moak Designs@moakdesigns · Internet Marketing Specialist
@ryanamurphy I ran into the same issue
Leonel More@leonelmore · Build your product with us: 1950labs.com
@ryanamurphy Looks like something to learn when launching a product. I cannot log in with my account, "You are not authorized to view this resource".
Ryan@ryanamurphy · Ryan Murphy
@leonelmore I'm sure it works on their machine though.
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@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
Microsoft Teams dubbed as the big Slack competitor The page is only accessible via login credentials right now... looking to launch next week An announcement from MSPowerUser: Exclusive: Microsoft working on Skype Teams, its own Slack competitor (which has since been renamed to Microsoft Teams) Some coverage from The Next Web here: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/... And The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/...
Rob Guilfoyle@robguilfoyle · Finance + Technology
Part of me feels like I should refuse to support this product. It's such a clear rip-off of slack and furthers the wedge between me and MS. Having said that, its MS they can turn any half baked piece of software into a hundred million dollar business so why not.
o(^^Q)@niket · Time Travel Researcher
@robguilfoyle I think MSFT followed the thought process of Instagram. They could either be SUPER late to market with a clearly inferior product, or base it on what is going well in market and then tune it according to their own IP. Does this make people like what they are doing? No, but if you're stuck using a MSFT stack at work (lets say Slack isn't allowed), this is a highly preferable option. https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/0...
Dave Branson Smith@playswithfood · 96 Problems
@robguilfoyle I guess it's like saying General Motors ripped off Ford a hundred years ago... it doesn't feel good at the time to have a competitor to something very unique (like Slack, like the first car, etc.) pop up, but years down the line (or maybe even months), everyone will be better off because of it. Running a small business, I (happily!) pay Slack thousands of dollars a year: if there's an alternative that can save my company and investors money, it behooves me to take advantage of it. Not to mention that while Slack did something amazing (and continues to), they don't own a monopoly on innovation in enterprise messaging; it's not a romantic startup story, but the product managers and engineers at big bad Microsoft have just as much to contribute as a small company does, you just have to believe!
Aki@chpuka · QA Lead / Product Manager
Nice! Wait what? "You are not authorized to view this resource." Oh yeah I forgot... Microsoft 😏