Thursday, 23 June 2022 09:07

Slack brings more immersive, flexible team collaboration to Slack Huddles

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With the majority of workers now working outside the office, Slack is on a mission to build a true digital-first alternative to give teams flexible ways of working and has today announced a vast suite of enhancements to Slack Huddles to give teams greater flexibility and collaboration options.

Slack senior vice president of product Rob Seaman spoke with iTWire saying 66% of knowledge workers are now in some form of flexible arrangement. “Digital infrastructure has taken priority over the office, and digital infrastructure is what has helped us cope in this time and stay productive,” he said.

"Slack is focused on building the first true digital-first alternative,” Seaman said. And that’s what Slack has been doing; in 2020 it introduced Slack Connect to break down silos, and in 2021 it introduced Huddles - a lightweight, audio-first way of connecting. “It is the fasted-adopted feature in Slack’s history,” Seaman said. “Millions of people use it every week.”

Slack also introduced Clips, a way to record audio, video, and screen shares and share them asynchronously by posting them to a channel or direct message. Viewers can consume it when they want, at a speed they want, and because the text is transcribed it is also readable and searchable. In some cases, Clips has replaced the daily standup. “We see 1.2 million minutes of Clips watched weekly,” Seaman said.

Interestingly, Slack's data shows the median time of a Slack Huddle is 10 minutes. “People will make meetings go for as long as it is scheduled for,” Seaman notes, “so Huddles theoretically save 20 minutes on meetings.”

With this uptake and effect of Huddles, it's no surprise customers asked Slack for ways of working more deeply using it. Slack has delivered, today announcing the product remains an audio-first, lightweight feature - but now offers ways to share video, for multiple people to screen share at the same time, with facilities to draw on the screen and see cursors for emphasis, all augmented by a relaxed and playful vibe through backgrounds, stickers, emojis, and reaction effects.

What's more, "a cool thing people desperately needed is a durable thread where the notes and files will all be saved back to the DM or channel where the Huddle was initially created from,” Seaman said.

You can also pop out the window from Slack for full multitasking.

The coworking space in Slack Huddles will be available to all teams later in 2022.

In other news, Slack has also announced GovSlack general availability from July 2022 in the United States, supporting key public sector compliance and security requirements, and providing secure collaboration with external partners.

See Slack Huddles in action for yourself here:

 

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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