Slack and Google Partner Up to Bring Cloud Solutions to Teams

The battle to gain market share in the enterprise sector continues. Not too long ago, Facebook and Microsoft made their move with “Workplace” by Facebook and “Teams” for Office 365. Slack didn’t want to be left behind; now they have gained a powerful ally–Google’s Cloud will bring more options to Slack teams all over the world.

It’s not a secret that in the current state of things, we as citizens need to be prepared to adapt ourselves to new technological trends. Enterprises and small companies seek increasingly higher levels of efficiency and communication among their workers. This will only be possible if and when knowledge transmission in the work environment is sufficiently fluid. It’s no wonder that team collaboration tools have seen a huge increase in popularity.

Facebook, Microsoft, Slack, Google battle to offer the best collaboration app. Slack, the startup founded in 2013, has announced a collaboration with Google with the goal of enabling teams to take advantage of the cloud solutions provided by the creators of the biggest search engine in the world.

Slack users will enjoy access to Google Drive suite of apps, guaranteeing access and integration with files hosted on the platform. In practical terms, it will now be possible for Slack users to preview documents, slides, and spreadsheets, all without having to abandon Slack user interface. Users will also be able to customize the permission settings on their files. Another feature is the possibility of backing up files inside a Slack channel in one’s personal Google Drive cloud.

Slack is a cloud-based team collaboration tool, originally designed to be an internal software used by a now-defunct game development company.  The app was released as a stand-alone service. Their huge success has made the startup a true “unicorn”. The startup raised $200 million in April, with a total company valuation of more than $4 billion.

The service is quite popular among developers in the cryptocurrency space, and many teams have made their channels open to public scrutiny. Users are able to track in real-time the internal process of a software project and directly interact with the programmers.

Although the exact date hasn’t been specified, it was revealed that all the new features will be available in the first semester of 2017.

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