Slack is experimenting with Instagram-like Stories

Slack Audio Concept
Slack’s Audio concept

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The other experiment is an always-available audio feed that you can toggle on or off in any channel. When enabled, anyone can start a conversation and have people join in if they so choose. According to Slack, this is designed for “ad hoc connections when you need a quick answer or more eyes on a problem.” In other words, these are for unscheduled, spontaneous conversations that might not be important enough for a video call. It’s very reminiscent of the signature feature of Discord, a chat app that operates much like Slack but with more of a focus on gaming.

The aforementioned Slack Connect Direct Message refers to secure direct messaging across organizations. It’s an extension on Slack Connect, a feature announced in June that lets up to 20 companies communicate with each other. Simply share a private link with a trusted partner or customer, and

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Slack Rallies After Unveiling Connect DMs, Plans for Instagram Stories-Like Videos

Slack’s  (WORK) – Get Report stock rose 3.5% in Wednesday trading — leaving it back around where it was prior to a post-earnings tumble in September — after the company unveiled a host of new and planned features for its collaboration platform.

On Wednesday morning, as Slack kicked off its Frontiers conference for customers and developers, the company announced that its Connect platform, which currently lets workers from different organizations communicate with each other via shared channels, will support direct messaging between individuals starting in early 2021.

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Provided that the companies in question have approved such activity, an employee at Company A will only need to click on a link shared by an employee at Company B to request a DM connection. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield notes that (in addition to sharing links via Slack) users could do things such as put links

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Slack introduces new features to ease messaging between business partners

Slack is holding its Frontiers conference this week — virtually like everyone else in 2020 — and it’s introducing some new features to make it easier to message between partners. At the same time, it’s talking about some experimental features that could appear in the platform at some point (or not).

Let’s start with some features to help communicate with partners outside of your company in a secure way. This is always a tough nut to crack whether it’s collaboration or file sharing or any of the things that trusted partners do when they are working closely together.

To help solve that, the company is creating the notion of trusted partners, and this has a few components. The first is Slack Connect DMs (direct messages), which allows users inside an organization to collaborate with anyone outside their company simply by sending an invite.

“You can now direct message anyone in

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Cole Haan and Slack Collaborate on Sneakers in Slack Colors

Designer and retailer Cole Haan has partnered with Slack  (WORK) – Get Report to create a limited edition range of sneakers in the colors of the business-collaboration platform’s logo.

The footwear collection is designed based on Slack’s color palette — blue, red, lemon, and green — on Cole Haan’s bright white sneakers.

“Cole Haan, with a little help from Slack, is able to completely rewrite the rules for modern-day footwear,” said Julie Liegl, chief marketing officer at Slack, in a statement.

“Collaboration is key to bringing any product to life, and it’s especially rewarding when it’s a product we can physically see.”

The Slack-styled footwear is part of Cole Haan’s Generation Zerogrand brand, known for its modern and casual silhouette. 

The sneakers, priced at $120, are available on Cole Haan’s website and at select international stores starting Wednesday.

The Zerogrand collection is unisex. Cole Haan plans to produce

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Cole Haan teams up with Slack on limited-edition shoe collection

  • Cole Haan partnered with Slack to create a limited-edition sneaker collection inspired by the popular business communication platform. 
  • The shoes — which retail for $120 and will officially be available on October 7 — come in Slack’s four signature colors and prominently display the tech company’s logo. 
  • According to Cole Haan, the sneakers were inspired by “the pandemic-related rise of remote working” that has led many businesses to lean heavily on programs like Slack. 
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In a sneaker collaboration fit for these uncertain times, Cole Haan is pairing with Slack to launch a new limited-edition shoe collection. 

The “Generation Zerøgrand” shoe — which retails for $120 and will officially be available online and in select Cole Haan stores beginning October 7 — includes four styles that prominently display the Slack logo. The collection was created in partnership with Slack and designed entirely through communication

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Slack Says It’s Investigating Service Disruptions

Messaging and collaboration service Slack Technologies  (WORK) – Get Report has suffered a service disruption Monday due to technical issues.

“Some users may be experiencing slowness with Slack in the desktop, browser and mobile at this time,” the company posted on its web site at 10:05 am ET. “The issue is impacting sending messages and troubles with API [application program interface] calls. Our team is looking into it and we will follow up with more updates in 30 minutes.”

In the latest update, time-stamped 1:06 pm ET, the company said: “The investigation is still ongoing, but the scope has stayed the same. We’ll update you again in a half hour.”

The outage hasn’t hurt Slack shares. They recently traded at $28.17, up 1.35%, and have climbed 25% year to date. The company has benefited from the heavy technology needs of workers staying at home due to the coronavirus

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Microsoft could preempt Slack legal challenge with unbundled Office

  • Microsoft is set to release a one-time purchase license for Office in 2021.
  • This could help fend off legal challenges from Slack if the updated Office suite isn’t bundled with Teams.
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Though Microsoft has been attempting to steer consumers toward its Microsoft 365 subscription service (previously named Office 365), the company announced this week that a perpetual license version of Office would be released for both Windows and Mac in the second half of 2021.

Global IT devcision makers expect to reduce use of commercially licensed software in favor of SaaS

Microsoft could preempt Slack legal challenge with unbundled Office.

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Significantly, this shows Microsoft isn’t ready to abandon the one-time purchase software model, even if the future of enterprise software looks to be firmly rooted in Software as a Service (SaaS). Microsoft last released a

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