Slack Redesigns App At A Time When Remote Workers Need It The Most
By Thanussha Priyah, 19 Mar 2020
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Slack has unveiled a redesigned app with a cleaner and more organized appeal, making it easier for coworkers to communicate and collaborate amid lockdowns.
The refreshing facelift also comes with new features, including the ability to organize channels, messages, and apps by topics, for paid subscribers.
All users will now also enjoy a new search component, an additional way to compose messages to channels or individual uses, and shortcuts to open up workflows or other apps within Slack.
Jaime DeLanghe, Slack’s head of search & discovery and machine learning, told Business Insider that the revamp comes at a time when “people are sort of coming to Slack or other tools like it... to do remote work for the first time.”
It was a fitting move, DeLanghe said, and the company found it “imperative” to give users access to those tools “as quickly as possible.”
New users will see the redesigned interface on 18 March 2020, and it will be rolled out to existing members in the coming weeks. There will also be updates made to Slack’s mobile app.
We’ve created a simpler, tidier Slack. It's pretty neat and, starting today, it will be rolling out to Slack users over the next few weeks. https://t.co/XUuDfNe0Li— Slack (@SlackHQ) March 18, 2020
First up, all paid teams can now organize channels, messages, and apps into custom, collapsible sections. Think of them like super sophisticated folders. pic.twitter.com/8PB5Cvgf9y— Slack (@SlackHQ) March 18, 2020
And finally, shortcuts. This dapper little lightning bolt sits at the left of your message input field, and makes all-important tools a little more get-at-able. The shortcuts button lets you find and launch apps, all without switching context. pic.twitter.com/mGCzrXl51T— Slack (@SlackHQ) March 18, 2020
Next, you’ll see a new compose button at the top right of your sidebar, and it’s a convenient new way to begin a message. If your attention is needed elsewhere, the draft is saved for later. pic.twitter.com/8RgggJQReM— Slack (@SlackHQ) March 18, 2020
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