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Slack
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. Create open channels for the projects, groups and topics that the whole team shares. Slack searches whole conversations, not just individual messages, so you can find what you’re looking for no matter who said what or when they said it.
Here are the latest news about Slack:

01.02.17 Slack launched Enterprise version of its group chat


Slack has launched Enterprise Grid — a new product aimed at large enterprises. It comes with a range of features that are essentially table stakes in the enterprise software market. IT administrators are now be able to manage and provision multiple large teams; and, in addition to the encryption that Slack already offers, add in new layers of security and identity management; set new security and compliance controls; and new HIPAA & FINRA compliance and data loss prevention integration. The initial customers include Capital One, Paypal and IBM. IBM is a particularly interesting name to see here, given that it sells its own collaboration product for large enterprises, IBM Connections, and it is also working on what appears to be its own AI business intelligence product, Watson Workspace. Other would be competitors include Workplace from Facebook, Microsoft’s Teams, Jive and Spark from Cisco. Pricing for Enterprise Grid — unlike normal Slack, where pricing starts at $8 and $15 per month for two tiers.



2017 Slack now allows to add comments to particular message


Workplace communications tool Slack has introduced threaded comments. With threads, users can pop out of the chaos of an ongoing chat and pin bits of conversations off to the side that they can address on a more regular basis. Users can jump in and out of their existing threads much like they do channels and direct messages, and when they want to share new comments back into a chat stream, they can do so by hitting a small checkbox at the bottom of their new message. The threads are located in the panel that pops out on the right side of your screen that has additional tools and resources for your existing rooms and direct messages. Starting a thread is as simple as clicking on a button next to a message in a room, much like you would add a reaction, and then it peels off into a new conversation within the right panel.



2016 Slack adds video calls


Collaboration messenger Slack is adding one more key feature - video calling. Group video calls, for those on paid tiers, can handle up to 15 people currently, Slack says. The new feature will be available first on Slack for Mac and Windows on desktop and Google Chrome in the next few days. Those on mobile will be able to join video calls but will experience them as audio only. Video calls in Slack will have an interesting add-on - emojis. A lot of people who use video and audio conferencing for calls with work colleagues will turn on the mute button so that their random coughs and sighs or other ambient noise will not interrupt the soliloquies of their coworkers. Now if they want to make quick responses to things they won’t have to fumble around for the unmute button: instead they can offer a thumbs up, or whatever is right for the moment.



2016 Google and Slack team up against Microsoft and Facebook


Recently Microsoft and Facebook launched their alternatives of the popular collaboration service Slack (Teams and Workplace respectively). Of course for Slack it's a tough competition, so they found a partner in face of Google. The companies signed the strategic partner agreement and soon will tightly integrate their product. In particular, Slack will become available as an app in G Suite (formerly Google Apps), so admins will be able to turn it on/off for their users. And inside Slack you'll be able to preview documents via Google Docs editors, and sync access rights for files attached from Google Drive. Besides, Slack will get integration with the new service Google Team Drives (it's the recently launched team-focused version of Google Drive).



2016 Slack to be powered by IBM Watson AI


IBM and Slack today announced a partnership that combines Slack’s digital workplace with he cognitive computing capabilities of Watson. The goal is to use Watson's artificial intelligence (AI) learning engine to power offerings such as bots and other conversational inferences to improve the Slack user experience. Developers can use this enhanced cognitive functionality to tap a wide range of Watson services, such as Conversation, Sentiment Analysis and speech APIs, and build new tools for the platform.