Joff Redfern, VP of Product Management at Atlassian:
When we announced Stride in September 2017, we said, “It’s time we rethink the way we’re working. We believe that teams can stay connected and keep moving forward.” We still believe that. We knew we were taking a risk by entering an already competitive real-time team communications market, but we were willing to do the hard work necessary to build a great product. And we believe we were on that path. Stride was a bold project, and we’re very proud of the product we created and the team that created it.
Over the past year, however, the market in real-time communications has changed pretty dramatically. And throughout that change, one product has continued to stand out from the others: Slack. While we’ve made great early progress with Stride, we believe the best way forward for our customers and for Atlassian is to enter into a strategic partnership with Slack and no longer offer our own real-time communications products.
We use Atlassian products at work and I am generally pretty happy with them, but HipChat was clearly a weak point for them. I am pretty excited that we will be moving over to Slack soon.
Now I just have to hope that they actually switch over to using UIKit for there Mac app so I don’t have to use half of my iMac’s RAM running Electron (zing!).
Now that Microsoft owns GitHub and Slack is partnered with Atlassian (and therefor BitBucket), it looks like it is going to be Microsoft/GitHub vs Slack/Atlassian fighting for the future of developer tools. I prefer GitHub to BitBucket, but I can’t help but thing that Atlassian is the favorite in that fight.