Developers need collaboration tools. First there was email, then there were private IRC servers, then came public instant messaging tools -- all ways of quickly sharing information across teams. Technologies like XMPP added open protocols that allowed software to enter the conversation, a model that was extended by document and service integration points in Salesforce’s Chatter and Microsoft’s Yammer.
Now we have Slack, a popular Web-based collaboration tool that builds on the lessons of earlier applications -- and is designed to be a platform in its own right.
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