And the next question is, who will buy Slack?

So I see that Atlassian has decided to get out of the real-time communication business and hitch its wagon to Slack.

I can’t say that I will shed any tears at the demise of HipChat, but I am never happy to see a proprietary silo like Slack continue to cement its hold on a market.

It seems to me like Slack’s main appeal is that IRC is hard to configure and secure and that there is no clear leader when it comes to more open group chat platforms. I get that IT departments are reluctant to dive into something like if I was able to get it set up and running in day or two, it can’t be too tough). However, I believe there is value in having ownership and control over the tools we to do our jobs, even if those tools are not our core business.

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