Even though Microsoft already owns Skype, it seems that the tech giant is not satisfied with the popular instant messaging application as it places its eyes towards Slack. With Skype, it is not devoid of its own problems so some Microsoft executives pushes the idea of purchasing the other messaging platform. This is to fill in the gaps of their home-grown product.
With Slack, It Might Fill the Gaps With Skype
Just recently, Slack released a major update which include audio call management. With the new feature, exchanges between two people are now grown to accommodate groups. For now, the new functionality is in its beta stages but this will be pushed to all users of the service during the coming weeks. Therefore, it is clear that the group call feature can only be experienced for those who have the paid version of the software. Those who are running the free version will have to make do with the basic stuff.
With the release of the update, the Slack app has started to take on Skype and Skype for Business in a very competitive manner. Therefore, it is clear that Microsoft has decided not to take this one sitting down. Microsoft has apps that have been under fire for a good long while, especially when we’re talking about the topic of synchronization among multiple devices.
According to sources, part of the leadership found in Microsoft would have pushed the takeover attempt for the other messaging platform. The executive vice president of applications and services of Microsoft, Qi Lu, would have led the “attack” by planning to put a check of $8 billion on the table of their competitor.
Anyone who would be presented with such an amount will no doubt be astonished and can be downright tempted right off the bat. This amount is very high in absolute value, but it is also in comparison to the company’s last known value.
Back in 2015, Slack was estimated at $2.8 billion when talking about its value during its previous fundraising. Therefore, Microsoft wishes that the leadership of the messaging app could not easily turn down the offer. However, not everyone in Microsoft, particularly that of Bill Gates, are not fond of the idea as they prefer to develop their own messaging platform better than their competitors, but this move would be deemed to be more time-consuming in the eyes of the people who would rather buy off their competitors.