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Will Google Acquire Slack?

I just spent a few days with team Slack at its Spec conference. I’ve had pleasant conversations with both of its founders. They seem sincere to me, that is not a lot of spin. Everyone has heard the story that…

SlackSpec19

Slack continues its role as workstream collaboration pioneer. I don’t typically attend developer conferences, but this was a great opportunity to catch up with Slack.   Slack Spec 2019 from Dave Michels on Vimeo. I wanted to clarify a point…

Teams and its 13M Milestone

Well, I can’t make fun of Microsoft any more for not publishing daily active users (DAU). Microsoft has largely danced around actual adoption with positive but vague hints. We can see now that adoption was indeed lower than Slack —…

Winners and Losers of 2018

2018 is a 12 month slice of time. In the world of enterprise communications, not much changes in 12 months. Each company has a few releases and a handful of major announcements. While market share remains largely unchanged in 12…

First Take on #SlackFrontiers

Exciting few days at Slack Frontiers this week. The young company has no intention to cede its workstream leadership to others. Slack is thinking much more broadly than messaging. . . perhaps operating system is more representative of its vision….

The Fallen: Hipchat and Stride

Atlassian figured out that it missed its opportunity with Workstream Collaboration.  It agreed to “sell” its assets to competitor Slack and will “buy” an equity position in Slack.  Here’s my TalkingPointz: No idea who ends up paying who in this…

Tuesday Keynotes (Apple, Slack)

Last Tuesday there were two events with keynotes: Apple and Slack. Both left me whelmed. Let’s start with Apple. The big reveal of the iPhone X was a big disappointment. Let me count the ways. Apple has more leaks than…

Microsoft Teams Arrives – Free 2Pager

When I describe Workstream Messaging I inevitably make a reference to Slack. That’s about to change as most of the world is about to discover the concept from Microsoft with its newest offer: Microsoft Teams. There was a rumor sometime ago…

Why the Slack Bubble Will Burst

Slack is a fascinating phenomenon. The company was only launched 16 months ago. Last April, it reported 750k “active users.” It is a freemium business application with an unusually high conversion rate (+25% of its users pay for services). Slack…