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Yakety-yak app HipChat whacked in Slack chat chaps' tech snatch pact

Slack swallows Atlassian's blueprints for biz apps – which now face the axe

Oz enterprise software biz Atlassian is discontinuing its chat apps Stride and Hipchat – and handing the tech blueprints over to Slack.

If you're using those two Atlassian messaging platform then you'll need to migrate away to some other service as the plug is being pulled.

“We have always had a spirited yet friendly competition with Slack, and have even sent each other congratulatory cookies and cake” Joff Redfern, veep of product management at Atlassian, said on Thursday in announcing the imminent shutdown.

"Across our product portfolio, we have long shared many integrations, which hundreds of thousands of teams use every day."

That competition is now over. Slack has snapped up the intellectual property for Stride and Hipchat Cloud, and users of the real-time messaging services will have to move over to Slack.

Hipchat Server and Hipchat Data Center will also be discontinued and Atlassian said it is working on a “migration path” for its customers. It has also drafted step-by-step guides on how to export user data and transfer it over to Slack.

“Slack has been a user of Atlassian products for many years, and Atlassian’s 2,600+ employees will begin using Slack. We’re committed to making this same move as easy as possible for our customers,” Atlassian said.

Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, said on Twitter: “Atlassian is making a small but symbolically important investment in Slack.” The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Atlassian’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results are out. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Revenues were up 40 per cent at $243.8m from $174.3m for the fourth quarter compared to fiscal year 2017.
  • Net income was $33m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, an increased compared with $21.6m year-on-year.

“Atlassian finished a tremendous fiscal 2018 with a strong fourth quarter, adding more than 6,600 net new customers,” said Scott Farquhar, Atlassian’s co-CEO and co-founder. ®


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