Several technology companies, including Inc., have recently inquired about a possible takeover of cloud-based chatroom startup Slack, according to a Bloomberg report.

Sources, informed about the situation, say Slack could receive at least $9 billion f it eventually reaches a deal with a potentially interested company.

But it is uncertain whether of nor the San Francisco-based startup will pursue an agreement, which isn’t assured yet. It might not want to proceed with the talks, say people who don’t wish to be named because of the private nature of the matter.

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Neither Slack nor Seattle-based has commented on the rumours so far.

SlackTechnologies Inc., which emerged in four years ago, launched a funding round in 2016 and raised about $200 million, which made the company worth $3.8 billion.

It has recently decided to expand its services to cover bigger user. In early 2017, Slack introduced an enterprise version of its business chat software for major corporations. It allows dozens of thousands of people to work jointly across different teams.

Nowadays, almost 5 million people use slack on a daily basis, including our company. 1.5 million of them use paid plans. Thanks to its model, Slack made $150 million in annual recurring revenue as of January 31.

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Slack’s successful model is not left unnoticed by major businesses. In November, Microsoft Corp. revealed its own chat platform, called Teams. The platform relies on the tech giant’s cloud service to compete with Slack.

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