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Published: 11 Apr 2017
Slack has quickly become a top collaboration option because it promotes communication and sharing in user-friendly ways.
Slack lets business users organize their communications into channels based on different topics. Users can message each other publicly or privately, post links and documents, search archives of messages, perform voice calls, keep track of to-do lists and more. It helps overcome some challenges of email, where only specific users are included on certain emails, and its threads feature makes it easier to follow discussions.
By integrating with numerous third-party tools and bots, Slack aims to become a central platform for doing business and automating common tasks. For instance, its Google Drive, Dropbox and Box integrations allow users to post, share and edit files from those services.
The new Slack Enterprise Grid is designed for companies where tens of thousands of users communicate. This edition adds the ability to deploy and customize Slack for multiple teams within an organization, while also offering centralized IT control. Slack Enterprise Grid also includes support for data loss prevention providers for enterprise security.
Slack is available for Apple iOS, Watch OS and macOS, Google Android and Chrome OS, Microsoft Windows and on the web. Its competitors include Microsoft Teams, HipChat and Jostle.
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