Slack is getting new features
“Make sure that Slack users have as little need as possible to open other software.” It seems to be the goal of the company that is organizing Frontiers in San Francisco on April 24 and 25, 2019, a great success for its customers and partners.
It is also an opportunity to make announcements on the most recent developments of the software whose ambition remains the same: to make people’s work “more pleasant, easier and more productive.”
Connect to your mailboxes
How? By making cross-application use easier and simpler. You work in a company, and you have a colleague who doesn’t use Slack when you are addicted? It doesn’t matter, since from now on your messages will be sent to him via e-mail. It will be able to answer with the same media, and his answer will appear on your conversation thread. This new service works with Outlook, Gmail and major email accounts.
By the way, Slack announces that he has improved his search engine. From now on it will be easier to find an element whether it is a member of a conversation, a term used in a discussion or the name of a file inserted in a group.
Open to the outside world
Slack will also make what are known here as “shared channels,” or shared communication channels, more accessible. While Slack is handy within companies, the new features announced aim to make conversation between users from one company to another easier. It means acknowledging an evolution in the way of working for this tool. Slack is reputed to facilitate teamwork. Teamwork is becoming more and more open.
With it, the company’s boundaries become more porous. In other words, to move a project forward, it is not enough to bring people together in a department but to communicate with external people. It will be done with this new service that opens Slack up more. A company-specific icon will distinguish people working in another firm to avoid confusion, which may be useful to prevent spreading confidential information. This feature is not limited to two companies. For example, Slack’s press relations manager ensures that information is shared in this way with all the agencies with which he works worldwide.
The young recruit will thus be able to answer a pre-written questionnaire, for example concerning the type of computers he needs. Slack’s teams assure you that these applications will be straightforward to build. We can do it without being a developer. Note: users of the free version will only be able to develop 10 workflows, unlike users of the paid version who will not have this limit.
Conquer by opening
The five ads are in the same direction: making Slack a necessary but not sufficient tool. Indeed, Slack does not multiply ad hoc developments so much as it confirms the philosophy of its development: to be all the more open to other software and platforms as it guarantees to be more and more essential. It is as if the company’s strategists had taken note of the fact that today no company, however powerful it may be, can offer a suite that covers all uses. The solution is then to be the most open so that users remain on the in-house platform rather than opening up the tools of potential competitors. At Slack, on Howard Street, in-house spokespeople say it: “We easily collaborate with Microsoft, Google….. To date”, this strategy has paid off and will soon lead Slack into the financial markets.