Atlassian and Slack have announced plans to come together bringing their two messaging and collaboration platforms together. With Microsoft and Google beefing up their efforts in the increasingly important collaboration software sector, the two team communication tools are hooking up to counter that power.
What we'll see is Atlassian's HipChat and Stride software fade away with all users directed to a migration path that will being them over the Slack. In an announcement, which I don't think anyone saw coming, Slack gets all of the HipChat and Stride IP while Atlassian, who has a reputation for investing in start-ups and smaller tech companies, makes a "small, but symbolically important investment" into Slack.
As someone who uses both platforms to work with different clients, this is a good thing. I can now consolidate most of my work communications into one tool. And, while HipChat is competent, it's not the greatest tool and Slack, in my view, has been greatly favoured when it comes to third-party support.
Collaboration tools are a big opportunity in the software business and this consolidation is typical of what we see in growing markets. Microsoft has invested heavily in Teams, recently announcing a feature packed free version , as it could be come the glue that inks many of their other products and services - something they've been trying to do for over two decades.
Will this affect you? Are you a HipChat or Stride user that will have to migrate?