Email killer Slack is under attack from email giant Microsoft, but Slack executives say they welcome competition, with a little trepidation.
"It's flattering in some ways," said April Underwood, vice president of product at Slack. "It's also, honestly, it's a little scary." Underwood's comments came at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Microsoft launched a rival workplace messaging service earlier this month.
Microsoft's investment in this space has brought more attention to the overall category and validates Slack's thesis that people need better ways to communicate at work, said Underwood. But the Seattle-based giant of email has many more users and far greater resources than venture-backed start-up Slack.