Enterprise Chat News Round Up #19

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Enterprise Chat News Round Up #19

From exciting announcements about Cisco acquisitions to Microsoft placing Slack on its official competitor watch list, action is already brewing for this new month.

Here are some of the best stories from enterprise messaging in the last week (2ndof August to the 9th).

Slack to Raise $400m with new investors

TechCrunch believes that General Atlantic may be leading the new investment round. Rumours are mounting with a new backer called Dragoneer too. According to PitchBook,there are already 41 backers involved with the new Slack investment round. At a valuation of $400 million, this is Slack’s biggest round yet. It leaves us wondering — what are they planning next?

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Slack plan to raise $400m

Cisco Announces Intention to Purchase Duo Security

The new integration will help to prevent cybersecurity breaches in multi-cloud and BYOD business environments. If the purchase goes through, Cisco’s devices, cloud platforms and WebEx portfolio will all adopt Duo Security’s zero-trust authentication process. This means Cisco customers will be able to connect securely to various applications on a range of network devices.

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Cisco deal is closer than ever

Slack Officially Makes Microsoft’s Annual 10K Report Competitor List

Slack joins Cisco WebEx Teams, Google, Facebook, Apple and IBM on Microsoft’s list of top competition. They replace Oracle, SAP and Adobe Systems. The recognition of Slack as a serious Office 365 competitor is one of the most notable announcements on the 10K report. The report aims to provide investors with comprehensive updates into Microsoft’s growth. Todd Bishop drew attention to the change in the rival list on Twitter, on the 5th of August.

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Published Office competitiors

Microsoft Teams Delivers Admin Updates, Including DND

  • Access to important notifications in “Do Not Disturb” mode. Admins can adjust settings to receive alerts from certain people in their team.
  • Auto attendants and call queues. Teams users can access Auto attendant and call queues directly from Microsoft Teams.
  • New customization options with Jira, MailClark, and BitBucket.
New calling feature on Microsoft Teams messaging
Teams added a raft of new features this week

Microsoft Teams Reveals New “Back to School” Improvements

Microsoft is also making it easier for students to work on assignments from mobile devices. Updates to the Teams infrastructure allow students to check upcoming assignments when they launch the app and start working on them with their smartphones.

Microsoft Teams back to school students in front of a Teams chat
Back to school with Teams

Cisco Lays the Foundations for Augmented Reality in the WebEx Portfolio

The redesign released this month features simplified scheduling, calendar management and in-meeting controls for WebEx apps — including Cisco WebEx Teams. The integration of AR and VR technology could offer a similar experience to the Microsoft Teams AR experience that Microsoft previewed this Spring. Cisco has already begun partnering with AR startup Atheer Inc. to let WebEx users access augmented reality through AR smart glasses on the platform.

Example of what Cisco Webex augmented reality might look like
AR is on the agenda for Cisco

Flock Jumps to Acquire HipChat and Stride Users

The migration opportunity comes with a free year of Flock Pro for Atlassian customers. The service also provides users with a way to transfer all of their messages and chat histories over to Flock with a single click. According to Flock’s Twitter updates, the offer will help give Atlassian customers closure.

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Flock are offering closure to Atlassian customers

Perforce Software Announces Helix ALM with Slack Integration

General Manager for Helix ALM, Nico Kruger, noted that Perforce customers want to do “as much in Slack as possible.” The new software update will let teams share, comment and collaborate on development items within Slack.

Screenshot of Helix integration announcement
Helix ALM was launched this week

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