Stories, Discord-like voice channels, and cross-border DM devices may seem like impractical alternatives to standard work tools, but Slack thinks the informal nature of these features can help colleagues connect with each other (and keep their noses out of Gmail or Zoom). Slack plans to implement these features in late 2020 and early 2021.
The upcoming Slack story feature (or “asynchronous video” if you’re a nerd) lets users pinch videos to channels. Slack suggests that the feature can stand for quick meetings, so team leaders can conveniently share information without scheduling a video call.
Slack’s fast audio or “push-to-talk” feature is similar to Discord’s voice chat setting, where a group can create permanent voice channels that people can enter and leave on their own. It’s faster and more convenient than entering a Slack thread or joining a video call, and Slack suggests that audio channels can speed up the workflow for smaller teams.
While “asynchronous video” and audio channels can free companies from Zoom or Google Meet, they are not useful for communicating with people working outside your company. That’s why Slack is developing a tool called Slack Connect – a channel-based alternative to email. Slack Connect lets you DM people outside your company, so you can talk to partners, customers or suppliers in a real-time environment.
But don’t worry, strangers can’t notify you on Slack unless they click on your Connect invitation link or scan your QR code. You can share this contact information on social media or in a business line or stick with email if it’s your bag.
Slack plans to implement stories and voice channels before the end of 2020. Slack Connect, on the other hand, is planned for 2021.
Source: Slack via The Verge