Open Source Slack Alternative Mattermost Gets $50M Funding (itsfoss.com)
Mattermost is an open source Slack alternative. This is slightly old news but I did find this article interesting because of its emphasis on the open source angle, which I find relevant with the influential open source community.
Microsoft Teams overtakes Slack with 13 million daily users (www.theverge.com)
The battle for team chat in the workplace is heating up just as Slack gets ready for its IPO. Few people thought Microsoft could build a great alternative to Slack 2.5 years ago. Google is also improving Hangouts Chat with a Gmail integration. For another perspective, make sure to also read “Why has Microsoft Teams overtaken Slack with 13 million daily users?” by Jason Lemkin.
Office 365 banned from some German schools, Google Docs and iWork also ruled out (9to5mac.com)
Putting A Price On Chat: Slack Stock Jumps On First Day Of Trading
Slack’s IPO has definitely made the rounds in the collaboration world. This post contains some interesting metrics:
– Slack has 10 million users with 3 million being paid users.
– 88,000 customers, with 575 customers paying $100,000 or more in ARR and accounting for approximately 40% of total revenue.
– $400 million in revenue
With Slack’s Buzzy IPO, Email Takes Another Hit
I think the headline is designed to attract clicks, but the article does contain some super interesting usage stats for Microsoft for Teams, Facebook’s WorkPlace, Webex, etc.
Microsoft bans Slack and discourages AWS and Google Docs use internally
On the one hand, I understand that all companies, especially big ones like Microsoft, need to control where their important data goes. However, it seems a little extreme to ban most versions of Slack and require a “business justification” for any use of Google Docs. Even Microsoft-owned GitHub is discouraged for “Highly Confidential types of information, specs or code.”
If Slack is so good, why are so many companies trying to fix it?
Another “clickbait-y” headline, but still an interesting read about the pros and cons of internal chat in the workplace.
Gmail’s API lockdown will kill some third-party app access, starting July 15
We’ve been working hard the last few months preparing for this.
Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown
The Trump administration is said to be considering a ban to end-to-end encryption, which would affect services like WhatsApp, Apple’s Messages etc
Google working on ‘Fast Share,’ Android Beam replacement and AirDrop competitor
AirDrop is a very useful tool, and it’s interesting to see Google develop yet another competitor. The ubiquitousness of Android makes this feature very interesting, but it’s not clear whether it’ll work on non-Nexus devices.