“Microsoft wanted to take Slack eight billion dollars’

Mar

5

2016

Microsoft would have had plans to take over communications Slack amounting to eight billion dollars, converted 7.2 billion. However, the plan fell through because the company would like to focus on the further development of Skype.

Microsoft TechCrunch report that it has learned from a source that the acquisition did not go through, because among other Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Bill Gates were not convinced of the plans. They would prefer that the private communication software Skype gets more functionality to compete with Slack. The company, according to TechCrunch early 2015 is estimated to be worth 2.5 billion euros; other figures go as far as a value to 4.5 billion euros.

The question would be why Microsoft has considered such action as it with SharePoint, Yammer, Skype and Lync itself could create a similar platform. Reason for the plans could be the rapidly growing popularity of Slack. The many integration capabilities with other applications Slack would make an attractive choice for business users.

This week announced the company still that the voice and video features will add to its platform, where its 2.3 million daily active users in the short term use. In their own words, these features include added in order to better compete with Skype and Hangouts. It is not clear from the information of TechCrunch when the plans for the takeover Slack played within Microsoft.

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