Slack needs to stop slacking, and quickly

Microsoft's Teams tool now has 20 million users, compared to Slack's 12 million. Can the original survive and thrive?

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
12th January, 2019
Slack needs to stop slacking, and quickly
Slack has never been profitable, and its user growth numbers haven’t really come under the spotlight until now

Slack's share price plunged this week after Microsoft revealed its rival Teams product had overtaken the latter's collaboration tool, and then some. Set up in 2013, Slack has 12 million customers. Teams, which only launched two years ago, has 20 million, and has added seven million since July.

Slack has never been profitable, and its user growth numbers haven’t really come under the spotlight until now.

Teams has only existed conceptually for around three years, and...

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