Slack forms safety engineering team to reduce outages

(Reuters) — Collaboration software provider Slack Technologies Inc is building a safety engineering team that will develop methods to help reduce the disruptions that have been more frequent on Slack’s service than rival systems, the company told Reuters. Recurring outages have prevented Slack users from connecting with its service as the fas…Read More

To one-up Slack, Google invites workers to hangout, chat in “Hangouts Chat”

Enlarge / Google Hangouts Chat running on a laptop. (credit: Google) Slack, Stride, HipChat—workplace chat apps that integrate with various project management and collaboration services are all the rage. It’s surprising, then, that Google hasn’t jumped on board yet. Workers are using Google Hangouts in offices all over the world, but the company doesn’t offer […]

Microsoft Teams closes in on Slack by adding guest accounts

Microsoft is giving Teams, its Slack-like app, the ability to invite any guest to a chat room. While you can invite collaborators to a Team room right now, they need to have an account in the company’s Azure Active Directory first. With the new feature in place, you’ll be able to add any business partner, […]

Teams, Microsoft’s Slack competitor, is about to become a whole lot more competitive

Enlarge / Teams looks good, but it’s unfortunate that its chat is quite bulky in a vertical direction. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s IRC-like, Slack-like collaboration tool Teams looks likely to pick up a couple of key features that’ll make it a great deal more competitive. The first of these is guest access. Currently on Teams, every […]

Slack launches private shared channels for more discreet conversations between businesses

Slack calls its channels for group chat and project management the workplace of the future, and today announced that channels shared between two companies can now be set to private. Even team administrators won’t be able to see files and conversations shared in private shared channels between specific employees or team members. Before today, shared channels […]

Slack has been valued at $5.1 billion after new funding led by SoftBank

Thomson Reuters (Reuters) – Software startup Slack Technologies Inc said it raised $ 250 million from SoftBank Group Corp and other investors in its latest funding round, boosting the company’s valuation to $ 5.1 billion. The latest fund-raising, led by SoftBank through its giant Vision Fund and joined by Accel and other investors, lifted Slack’s […]

Slack VP: Shared channels could lead to business bots that speak to each other

EXCLUSIVE: Shared channels that allow two businesses to share a workspace in Slack was made available for the first time Tuesday, bringing businesses that collaborate closer together — but that could just be the start. In an interview with VentureBeat, Slack VP of product April Underwood said shared channels could be a precursor to a […]

4 Slack bots disrupting the enterprise

GUEST: Conversational interfaces have become increasingly common in daily life, from consumer bots on Facebook to Alexa and Google helping us at home to Slack bots that make our working lives easier and more productive. To understand more about the products helping shepherd conversational UI into the enterprise, I interviewed four companies that are preparing […]