Hipchat, the workplace chat app that held the throne before Slack was slack, is being terminated. It is also based on Atlassian's own Hip Hop replacement, Stride.
The news for the resignation comes first from Atlassian, but instead from a slightly surprising source: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. In a series of tweets, Butterfield says that Slack buys the IP to "better support those users who choose to migrate" to the platform.
Butterfield also notes that Atlassian is going to make a "small but symbolically important investment" – likely A good move, given that rumors of a slack IPO has been swirling (although Butterfield says it will not happen this year). Getting an investment before investing in Slack may end up paying for Atlassian better than trying to keep on competing.
Atlassic VP of Product Management, Joff Redfern, confirmed the news in a blog post calling it's the "best way forward" for its existing customers.  History develops …