Earlier in July, after Microsoft made Teams (its professional collaboration platform) free in 40 languages, its main competitor Slack has declared to purchase HipChat (the workplace chat service) from Atlassian, the enterprise software behemoth. HipChat will stop operating and all of its consumers will shift over to Slack.
“As fraction of this joint venture, Atlassian has made an equity investment in Slack, which has purchased the IP (intellectual property) for HipChat Cloud and Stride. Both services will be discontinued,” claimed Vice President at Atlassian for Product Management, Joff Redfern, to the media in an interview this week.
The Slack acquirement covers only the IP rights to both chat platforms. “We will also be ending HipChat Data Center and HipChat Server. We will work with Slack to offer a migration path for users of all 4 services,” he claimed. More than 2,600 workers from Atlassian will now employ Slack.
Microsoft claimed that over 200,000 companies all over 181 markets worldwide employ Teams. It is a center for sharing documents, chatting, and voice & video calling in Microsoft 365. It is used to get work done and collaborate. The professional collaboration software Slack states that it has 500,000 active organizations on its board.
On a related note, Microsoft India last week declared free online courses on Cloud computing. This was announced with an aim on data protection laws, compliance, and security.
Rolled out in alliance with learning associate myLaw, the 2-phased online course will allow businesses, students, and legal professionals know the basics of European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), data protection, and best practices & security around Cloud, the firm claimed to the media in an interview. “It is obvious to us that empowering and equipping the correct person with the correct skills and knowledge is essential to sustain the digital economy,” the firm claimed.