It is 2019 and team building, integration is not limited to HR induced activities. Slack came into being back in 2013 and allows for cloud-based team collaboration tools. It provides services such as group emailing, messaging and allows third-party app support. These Apps include DropBox, Github etc. While this is Slack’s product, Microsoft introduced its Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is pretty much the same as Slack, offering services similar to the former. The only edge it may have is the integration fo Microsoft Office 365. This is quite an edge, considering many corporate caves have these subscriptions. In this race, that has started, Slack announced certain updates that would set it apart from Microsoft’s product.
They have introduced four major features which actually complement the platform’s functionality. The first and main feature is Slack’s Workflow Builder. The workflow builder would allow users to automate certain tasks for users. While this is already possible, Slack has made it easier by introducing a GUI interaction rather than making the user type lines of code. While it would make it a cheaper alternative, it would help saving time for the user, making it quite optimum.
Other features include Shared Channels (beta), An Expanded Search tool and other integration features. The former is an integration tool, allowing easy communication between all parties. While it is still in beta, starting this summer, it would allow all parties to communicate on a single Slack workplace. This would make communication quite easy and make Slack an all-in-one space for all activities regarding the business. Apart from that, Expended Search tool allows the user to reach out to channels otherwise ignored. Same goes for messages. While words may not do justice to it, the ease in optimum productivity is quite amazing.
Communication is optimised as well. Their new service is similar to that in Apple’s messages. For example, if one were to talk about a meeting in an email, an automated calendar entry would be made. Not only that, names mentioned in the email would be automatically notified of the, in this example, a meeting.
The new update contains features quite unique. The whole point of these platforms is to optimise workplace interaction. Slack has successfully targetted those through its latest announcements. While Microsoft works to be a suitable replacement for the former, Slack makes sure to pave a new path for itself. It is true, the extra years put in the development of the platform does give it a more mature nature. Microsoft needs to adopt a similar approach rather than just aiming to beat the competition.