Slack is still king at startups.
According to new data from Kruze Consulting, an accounting firm that analyzed anonymised issues of its nearly 200 venture capital funded startups, nearly 60 percent of slack-funded startups pay for workstation software. This percentage has dropped slightly compared to the last quarter but is still well above that of competitor Microsoft.
Only 12 percent paid for the Microsoft Office software package that Kruze used as a proxy for the team chat software it contained. And this 12 percent figure does not necessarily mean that these startups use teams. In fact, according to the data paid eight of the ten largest issues in office for Slack. Only two startups seem to have replaced Slack with teams.
This is good news for Slack, who has been struck lately as a competitor ̵
But the situation has worsened for large companies – a proven growth area for Slack – it does not look good.
The share of large companies seeking to use or deploy Slack in the next quarter has eased slightly to 33 percent, while the number of teams has risen to 65 percent, according to preliminary surveys of the company's Chief Information Officers and other market leaders of the market research firm ETR , So far, ETR has ranked responses from 845 of the world's largest organizations for the coming quarter, including the Forbes Global 2000, the Forbes list of the 225 largest private companies, and the US government.
ETR data also showed that 13 percent of large companies plan to cut their slack spend in the next quarter, compared to 1 percent for teams.
The general consensus among these big companies is that Slack is a better product, but not so much better that it justifies paying for additional software beyond Microsoft Office, which they already need for business fundamentals like Excel, Word and Windows PowerPoint ,
The data, which are forward-looking and relate only to very large companies, are at odds with what Slack has stated in its latest quarterly earnings with a growth of 75 percent over the previous year with 720 companies that spend more than 100,000 US Dollars a year at Slack.
Slack believes that this is the only tool that can serve large enterprise customers, as the size of the enterprise-wide team Microsoft teams can deploy exceeds 5,000. You can have many more users when working in segments.
"I want to highlight the critical nature of true scalability for our enterprise customers," said Stewart Butterfield, Slack CEO, in his remarks on the win request. "Only Slack's Enterprise Grid product can support the size and structure of the largest companies in the world."
However, as we know, Slack can not copyright the code underlying its software as to what its software does. In this way, Microsoft's teams could take Slack's lead and scale their product to a comparable size.
And as the world's most valuable company worth more than $ 1 trillion, Microsoft has plenty of resources to compete with Slack.