It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype:
It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people familiar with the matter.
Meet Skype Teams.
Skype Teams is going to be Microsoft’s take on messaging apps for teams. Skype Teams will include a lot of similar features which you’ll find on Slack. For example, Skype Teams will allow you to chat in different groups within a team, also known as “channels”. Additionally, users will be able to talk to each other via Direct Messages on Skype Teams.
Now this is the Microsoft of old that I know and love: reacting to what other companies are doing, rather than innovating on their own.
As a longtime user of Skype, it’s hard for me to see how Microsoft has improved it since they bought it in 2011.