Slack is absorbing Hipchat and Stride's user bases in light of Microsoft's Teams push
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 HipChat and Stride. 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 Slack team collaboration software.
This move comes half a month after Microsoft introduced a free version of its Microsoft 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 Bitbucket, JIRA, and Trello.
Both Atlassian and Slack have set up dedicated migration pages for users of Hipchat and Stride to smoothly migrate to Slack:
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- Freemium • Proprietary
- Chrome OS
- Android Tablet
- Electron / Atom Shell
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Slack is a unified communication platform built with an optimized workflow to keep modern teams focused and productive. A familiar chat interface facilitates discussions while advanced features are easily exposed based on context.