Microsoft has officially unveiled its competitor to Slack, a messaging app for teams.
Called Microsoft Teams, the company bills the software as a chat-based workspace that brings the experience of an open office space into the digital world.
Chats are threaded and persistent, with support for emojis, stickers, and GIFs.
Teams brings together chat, meetings, notes, a planner, and the power of business intelligence, said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
“[Microsoft Teams] is designed to facilitate real-time conversations and collaboration while maintaining that institutional knowledge of a team,” said Nadella.
Microsoft Teams is available as a customer preview from today in 181 countries, localised into 18 languages.
It will be included in all Office 365 Business and Enterprise suites, with general availability scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.
The app will be served from data centres across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.