Slack rolls out major update as coronavirus forces more to work from home
You'll finally be able to organize your channels and chats into customizable sections.
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Here are the biggest changes Slack users will see with the update. All of these will begin rolling out to the desktop version Wednesday, and will continue over the next several weeks, the post said. The company will also redesign its mobile app in the coming weeks as well.
If you use a paid version of Slack, you'll soon be able to organize your channels, direct messages and apps into customizable sections within your sidebar, to help you prioritize. You can name your section (including with emoji), drag and drop channels and conversations in, and order them as you like. Each section can collapse like a folder.
Users will see a new navigation bar, allowing you to more easily find channels, search across your organization, and toggle between recent conversations. Information like mentions, reactions to messages, files, people and apps will also be found on top of your sidebar for easier referencing.
With a new compose button, you can begin drafting a message before deciding which person or channel to send it to. You can save messages as a draft and come back to them later.
Better tool integration
Slack integrates with lots of different work tools (like
WebEx and Simple Poll). With the update, you'll be able to click on a lightning bolt icon next to the message input field and see all of the different options you have, like starting a meeting with Cisco WebEx, creating a Simple Poll or creating a customer support ticket with Freshdesk. More app shortcuts will be coming, the post said.