Atlassian move to ditch Stride and Hipchat in Slack deal angers users

Atlassian’s Stride and HipChat team chat tools will be discontinued following a deal struck with rival Slack – a move that has “serious” implications for users who will now need to migrate to alternative platforms. It could also erode trust in the Australian vendor, said one analyst.As part of the agreement announced Thursday, Slack will pay an undisclosed fee for Atlassian’s team chat assets, while Atlassian – which also owns a range of business collaboration tools, including Jira, Confluence and Trello – will make a “small but symbolically important” equity investment in Slack, CEO Stewart Butterfield wrote in a tweet announcing the deal.To read this article in full, please click here


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Slack adds Actions feature, highlights dev community growth

Slack users can now create action points directly from a message post in the app with the introduction today of a new Actions feature. Announced as Slack kicked off its first Spec developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Actions deepens integration with third-party apps such as project management tool Asana and issue-tracking app Jira. [ Further reading: 10 tips for preventing Slack burnout ]An Asana task can be created by clicking on the context menu in the right hand corner of a Slack message, for instance; it will capture relevant data directly from the message menu such as due date, what needs to be done and the project involved.To read this article in full, please click here


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Cisco shakes up collaboration efforts; morphs Spark into Webex

Cisco’s collaboration business is evolving, with new leadership poised to take over and a new emphasis on artificial intelligence.The company recently announced that its Spark team messaging app will be rebranded and rolled into its Webex platform. And this week, it said Rowan Trollope – who has led Cisco’s collaboration efforts since 2012 – is leaving and will be replaced by Amy Chang, founder and CEO of Accompany, the AI business intelligence startup acquired for $270 million on Tuesday. [ Further reading: Chat happens: Your guide to 11 group-chat services ]Chang, a former Google employee, will resign from Cisco’s board to become senior vice president in charge of the Collaboration Technology Group. To read this article in full, please click here


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IDG Contributor Network: Why now is the time for WebRTC

More than six years ago an ambitious, real-time communications project was spearheaded by Google. What emerged was a powerful, open-source tool capable of equipping web browsers with the ability to support voice and video conferencing and data sharing.Aptly named WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), this collection of protocols and interfaces enabled audio and video setup over peer-to-peer connections without the need for expensive or complex back-end software. Most appealing, WebRTC made it possible to deploy click-to-start meetings without downloading a dedicated app or plug-in.Despite this, WebRTC faced hurdles in the early years, including battles over which standards and codecs would be implemented and a lack of support from major browsers and legacy communications providers. But now we’ve reached a tipping point— with more than three billion dollars of investment involved—WebRTC is finally starting to see critical adoption.To read this article in full, please click here


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Microsoft turns up heat on Slack with Teams group chat update

Microsoft added a raft of new features to its Teams group chat platform this week, making it easier to interact with third-party apps and find new services through an app directory. The update, Microsoft said, is its biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last year.The launch of the Teams app store means it is now possible to search and discover apps and services to integrate with the chat platform. Users can find apps by searching by name, category or integration type, such as bots. The move brings Teams in line with rival Slack, which launched its own app directory in 2015.To read this article in full, please click here


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Facebook, Slack and Google all roll out new collaboration features

The already competitive collaboration market got a little more competitive this week, with several leading vendors – Facebook, Slack and Google – trying to one-up each other with updates to their respective products.Here’s a rundown of the features unveiled in recent days:Facebook Workplace gets a desktop chat app Facebook today officially launched a standalone desktop app for its enterprise messaging app, Workplace Chat. The app forms part of the wider Workplace enterprise social network platform, which launched last year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Slack moves to integrate with EMM for enterprise security

Slack has enabled integration with more than a dozen enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms in order to offer security and policy management features to its four-year old, cloud-based messaging application.The messaging platform provider worked with AppConfig, an open standards group, which allowed Slack to integrate through a set of APIs with 21 EMM vendors.Slack said it also worked more closely with three EMM providers – VMware Airwatch, MobileIron, and Blackberry Good – “to ensure a smooth experience for our joint customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Create your own Slack bots — and web APIs — in R

One of Slack’s greatest appeals is that it’s so extensible. While its main purpose is group collaboration, add-on apps can do everything from answer questions about business analytics to offer project updates from tools like Jira and Trello.Step 3: Host the R API remotelyTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)


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Google and Slack deepen partnership in the face of Microsoft Teams

Slack and Google have vastly deepened their partnership roughly a month after Microsoft announced its competitor to the popular enterprise chat service.
Wednesday saw the announcement of several new features aimed at making G Suite, Google’s set of productivity software and services, more useful to people who use Slack. The functionality resulting from the partnership will make it easier to share and work on files stored in Google Drive using Slack.
Slack and Google were early partners during the lifecycle of the chat service which gives business users a set of rooms where they can discuss work, share files and more. Microsoft recently announced Teams, a similar service integrated into Office 365 that’s currently in beta.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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