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Slack is absorbing Hipchat and Stride's user bases in light of Microsoft's Teams push

Published 7/28/2018 by IanDorfman

The team collaboration software space is facing consolidation in the face of renewed competition.

In an announcement on the official Slack blog, April Underwood, Slack's Chief Product Officer, positions the move as a "partnership" between Slack and Atlassian, the owner of Hipchat and Stride.

According to Atlassian's corresponding blog post, Joff Redfern, Atlassian's Vice President of Product Management, explains that the company has made an equity investment in Slack in exchange for Slack's acquisition of Small HipChat iconHipChat and Small Stride iconStride. Both services are discontinued, with Slack providing a migration path for users of both applications in order to continue working using the company's flagship Small Slack iconSlack team collaboration software.

This move comes half a month after Microsoft introduced a free version of its Small Microsoft Teams iconMicrosoft Teams real-time collaboration software.

In addition to absorbing Hipchat and Stride's users, Slack will be committing development resources to further Slack's integration with other Atlassian products, such as Small Bitbucket iconBitbucket, Small JIRA iconJIRA, and Small Trello iconTrello.

Both Atlassian and Slack have set up dedicated migration pages for users of Hipchat and Stride to smoothly migrate to Slack:

Atlassian's migration page
Slack's migration page

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