Slack cleans up for newly remote hordes

Slack going public

With more and more people flocking to team communication tools for remote work, Slack has decided to roll out some changes to its messaging tool, making it a “simpler, more organised experience”.

During the next couple of weeks, users of the platform will see a navigation bar appearing at the top. Meanwhile mentions, reactions and similar information will move to a new spot at the top of the sidebar.

To help subscribers on paid plans to stay organised, the update includes a way to add categories to the sidebar, which allows to group channels, direct messages and apps via drag and drop into sections which can be arranged according to one’s liking.

In order to make drafting messages easier, Slack will also see the addition of a compose button similar to what can be found on Twitter and Co. 

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It however comes with the added benefit of drafts being automatically saved – so they’re ready to be polished and posted as channel messages or into private conversation at a later point should a video call disturb a user’s train of thought. 

And since Slack is also known for its integration with other tools, the team tried to make those easier to use as well by adding shortcuts. These will find a home in a shortcut menu, along with Slack features such as reminders and calls, and are meant to help users get a better idea of what’s available and access those options quicker.

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