Microsoft has officially launched the new real-time messaging/collaborative app entitled as Microsoft Teams. The new app from Microsoft resembles similar features of Slack including rooms and search as well as some handy features like GIFs and memes sharing.
As stated by Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s CEO, the app is especially targeted to business initiatives and will bring team meetings, chats, notes, office and other extensions to aid business personnel to get works done. While the Teams from Microsoft basically recreates most of the features from its competitor Slack, the core of this app tends to be its simple integrations with Office 365. Basically, all the app from Office like Word, Sharepoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner and all other extensions will directly connect to Teams and will let users open, share and pin discrete documents.
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Talking about similarities to Slack, the Microsoft Teams comes with T-Bot — a built-in chat bot that can interact with users in conversations or directly responds to queries, most importantly about how to get used to the app. However, Microsoft has further extended the bot support — there’s also a Bot named WhoBot which can come handy when you want to ask about people. For example, “Who is Raman Joshi or Sandeep Karkee?”
For those who are concerned about the security of Teams, Microsoft has stated that each and every conversations and data are fully encrypted. As for the Slack, they have welcomed Microsoft with an open arm and view it as a challenge.