Microsoft Teams Launches, Integration Versus Hybrid, Complexity and Strategy

Linking to a Ben Thompson article which is behind his Stratechery paywall, because you should subscribe if you haven't yet. Last week, he had some great thoughts about Microsoft Teams versus Slack:

Teams versus Slack is the front lines of this battle: Microsoft is betting that the suite still matters, both in terms of how you acquire software and in how it ought to work together; Slack is betting that the future is all about the cloud and the user experience, not just in terms of chat apps, but all apps, and that by being the layer that ties everything together — the integrator — they can be the most valuable app of all.

At the risk of putting my mouth where my money is: this is absolutely correct. It's impossible to know how this will play out for sure, of course, but I like the bet on Slack. 


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