Microsoft is getting ready to launch its Slack competitor at its Windows 10 event in New York City on October 26, 2016. The new effort is called Microsoft Teams, and it promises to cater to large teams and classrooms that currently use Slack on a daily basis. 

Microsoft Teams looks very much like Slack, in that it features both channels and private messaging for groups, and features file-sharing, emojis and GIFs.

skype-teams-2 Microsoft is getting ready to launch its Slack competitor at its Windows 10 event in New York City on October 26, 2016. Photo: Microsoft

In addition, Microsoft Teams will feature Threaded Conversations, where users can respond directly to a comment via Facebook threads. Users can also start video chats in private messages or within channels.

Though Microsoft hasn't officially announced Microsoft Teams yet, the service has been available at teams.microsoft.com for Microsoft employees who have been testing the new service. 

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event will take place on October 26 at 10AM ET / 7AM PT and will be live streamed here.