Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new chat-based workspace, Teams, in a move that will integrate Office into a Slack-like product.
"We see an opportunity to build a more open, a more fluid environment," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Office 365 client apps and services. "One that helps build a team culture that is both fun and inclusive, so everyone has a voice."
The application, which lets users talk to their co-workers, supports tabs for other Microsoft cloud services, like access to files and Skype video-conferencing. Teams also offers multifactor authentication and encryption. It works on desktop, Windows phone, iOS and Android, and is available Wednesday as a customer preview, or widely in the first quarter of 2017.