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Slack and Amazon join forces to face Microsoft Teams

Amazon and Slack announced a multi-year agreement to deliver solutions for enterprise collaboration tools

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  • It’s not yet clear how many of Amazon’s 840,000 employees will be using Slack;
  • Slack is facing increasing competition from Microsoft Teams.

Amazon’s AWS and Slack recently announced a multi-year agreement to deliver solutions for enterprise workforce collaboration, partnering to help distributed development teams communicate and become more efficient in managing AWS resources from inside the Slack app.

In practice, the move means all Amazon employees will be able to use Slack, which itself is facing increasing competition from Microsoft Teams. Slack will also migrate its Slack Calls capability for all voice and video calling to Amazon Chime, AWS’s communications service that lets users meet, chat, and place business calls.

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According to The Verge, it’s not clear how many of Amazon’s 840,000 employees will be using Slack, but the deal has the potential of offering the collaboration tool its biggest customer yet, a position now occupied by IBM, which is rolling out Slack to 350,000 employees. 

“The future of enterprise software will be driven by the combination of cloud services and workstream collaboration tools,” said Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder of Slack, in a statement. “By integrating AWS services with Slack’s channel-based messaging platform, we’re helping teams easily and seamlessly manage their cloud infrastructure projects and launch cloud-based services without ever leaving Slack.”

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“AWS customers gain a powerful new means of managing their AWS resources that will help teams collaborate and build more applications using the broadest and deepest set of cloud services”, said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS.