Who doesn't know Slack. Well, maybe you if you've landed here. Let's give you a rundown of the basics of Slack and how it works as a popular team communication tool.
What is Slack and who's it for?
Slack is a team communication tool, probably the most well-known one in the space. The Slack Chat abilities are easy to use, and great for teams to start collaborating and working together. Like Microsoft Teams, it is a great way to chat with team members - even via video, screen-sharing and screen recordings for later.
Create a Slack Huddle to communicate quickly and effectively with your team, essentially, Huddles are for sending audio messages or direct messages inside Slack.
Slack has grown into a larger tool since they have been purchased by Salesforce and now offers a handful of tools to embed Salesforce into the workflow for those who use the CRM tool for their work.
Slack offers threads for chat, a host of integrations and smaller, more recent features like Huddles for non-video calls post-meetings.
Here are some of the notable features of Slack:
- Organized conversations through channels for improved focus and collaboration
- Direct messages for private, one-on-one chats
- Threaded discussions within channels for organized follow-ups
- File sharing within conversations for seamless collaboration
- Integration with a vast ecosystem of third-party applications
- Powerful search capabilities for locating past conversations and files
- Built-in voice and video calls with screen-sharing support
- Customizable notifications and reminders
- User-friendly mobile apps for iOS and Android
- Enterprise-grade security features, including single sign-on, two-factor authentication, and data encryption
Formerly Slack was poor with a-sync, and remote teams - not like specialist tools like Twist, but now it has very much presented features like threads, a-sync recordings etc.
To address that, Slack is a great all-round tool with more customisation than Microsoft Team offers. So, if you and your team are interested in using Slack Chat and the Slack Huddle feature to increase communication efficiency, this could be a good choice.
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