Microsoft is rumored to have considered buying Slack earlier this year for as much as $8 billion. Allegedly, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and current CEO Satya Nadella weren't in favor of the deal, as they believed Skype was Microsoft's way forward in the messaging-focused collaboration space.
A Sept. 2 Microsoft job posting that mentions the existence of Skype Teams doesn't shed much light on exactly what this new group/product will bring to the table.
"Skype Teams is the future of collaboration and messaging," said the posting, which doesn't mention Slack or any features of the forthcoming Skype Teams offering."This is an influential role on an influential team, and you'll be expected to work across the entire engineering team as needed to be successful," the Skype Teams job posting said.
I asked Microsoft officials for comment on Skype Teams and for more on how and if it will help Microsoft against Slack. A spokesperson provided the following statement:
"Microsoft is always building and testing new solutions to help people collaborate and get more done, but we don't have anything specific to share at this time."