Good piece by Ray Ozzie, probably best known for being the chief software architect at Microsoft (until 2010). While it turns into a (classy) promotion of Talko, the app that Ray’s company made, it’s a good piece to scan thru. At the moment, I don’t use Slack or Talko, but if this article helps you learn about either, it’s a good thing.
“How will our productivity toolset adapt to a world where every information worker has a mobile computing and communications platform continuously within their reach?”
The future of productivity is centered on team messaging. In ways not unrelated to what’s happening in consumer messaging, the productivity platform of the future will be the platform of messaging. […]
You’ve almost certainly heard of Slack. For many teams (including ours!), it’s almost completely displaced email. You’ve likely also used or read about tools such as Quip and Dropbox’s Composer. The important aspect of these tools isn’t so much how they’re redefining the document per se, but rather that they’re centered from birth on team communications directly in the context of your work.