Slack: News

What started out as a company’s internal tool of communication slowly went global. That sums up Slack’s journey till now. The team-messaging application was being used by Stewart Butterfield’s company Tiny Speck for internal communication purposes during the development of an online game. But probably after sensing its vast potential, Slack was launched in 2013. It shot to prominence immediately, with 8,000 signing up for its service in just 24 hours of the launch. Though Slack is primarily used for organizational communication, it also gets used as a community platform. Microsoft Teams, which commenced operations much later, is a direct competitor of Slack, and is reportedly performing much better than the latter. However, Butterfield, Slack’s CEO maintains that their engagement rate is much higher than Teams.

Slack utilizing user data for AI training without explicit consent

Slack is training its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) models on user data without obtaining explicit permission.

15 May 2024

Meta

Meta to shutdown its Slack and Teams competitor next year

Meta has confirmed plans to discontinue Workplace, its office communication platform, by August 31, 2025.

30 Apr 2024

San Francisco

Mint Butterfield kidnapping: Valet charged with unlawful intercourse with minor

Christopher "Kio" Dizefalo, a 26-year-old valet worker, is facing charges related to his alleged involvement with Mint Butterfield, the 16-year-old child of Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Slack.

Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield's teenage child reported missing

The 16-year-old child of tech industry giants Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Slack, and Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr, has been reported missing.

18 Apr 2024

Technology

Slack's AI capabilities now accessible to all premium users

Slack, the popular communication platform, has expanded its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to all its paying subscribers.

01 Apr 2024

Telegram

Google Chat's upcoming 'Announcements' feature is similar to WhatsApp Channels

Google is set to enhance its Google Chat platform with a new feature called 'Announcements.'

26 Mar 2024

Technology

Tips to streamline your workflow at the workplace

Slack stands as a vital communication tool for teams, providing a searchable platform where conversations, files, and individuals are easily accessible.

18 Mar 2024

Technology

Follow these tips to master Slack for effective teamwork

Slack has transformed the way workplace communication unfolds, enabling real-time collaboration through a dynamic platform.

13 Mar 2024

Technology

Slack integrates GIF search and sharing: How to use

Slack, the popular workplace communication platform, has introduced a new feature that allows users to select and send GIFs directly within the app.

12 Mar 2024

Technology

Tips to improve your Slack experience with keyboard shortcuts

Slack has become an indispensable communication tool for teams, providing a comprehensive platform for seamless conversations, efficient file sharing, and useful integrations to enhance productivity.

26 Feb 2024

Technology

Enhance productivity with Slack bots: Here's how

Slack is a powerful communication tool widely used in professional environments to streamline conversations and collaborations.

Slack gets AI features: Channel recaps, thread summarization, and more

Slack is stepping up its game with a range of AI features, designed to help users stay on top of lengthy threads and unread messages.

11 Jan 2024

Tinder

Slack introduces Tinder-inspired left-swipe feature for mobile app

Slack is introducing a new feature called Catch Up, which aims to make managing unread messages on its mobile app a breeze.

09 Oct 2023

Zoom

Zoho Cliq takes on Slack and Zoom with new features

Tech company Zoho has announced updates to its communication and collaboration platform, Zoho Cliq, amid a 30% surge in users switching from Slack and Zoom.

06 Oct 2023

Latest Tech News

Slack outage leaves thousands of users disconnected

Widely-used workplace messaging app Slack faced an unexpected outage today, leaving countless users unable to access the platform.

17 Sep 2023

Latest Tech News

Slack CEO Lidiane Jones believes AI is transforming platform's future

Popular workplace communication platform Slack is reportedly actively working on integrating new artificial intelligence (AI) features.

15 Aug 2023

Business

Indian employees lead globally in pretending to be busy: Survey

A recent global survey conducted by Slack and Qualtrics has revealed that employees in Asia, particularly in India, tend to spend more time appearing busy rather than engaging in productive work.

27 Jul 2023

Latest Tech News

Slack outage: Messaging app down for users worldwide

Workplace messaging app Slack is down for users across the world in the middle of the day. The outage means colleagues are not able to talk to each other.

04 May 2023

ChatGPT

Slack GPT, Einstein GPT: Slack uses AI to improve itself

Generative AI is the talk of the town. Slack joined the AI bandwagon when it introduced ChatGPT on the platform.

25 Apr 2023

Latest Tech News

Meet Canvas, a Google Docs-like feature from Slack

Slack has introduced an in-app feature, dubbed Canvas. It is similar to Google Docs, where you can add some information, and share it with other members and channels of your organization.

04 Apr 2023

Workplace

Can your boss read your Slack conversations with your co-workers 

Slack is a popular, instant messaging portal that has features like channels/chat rooms and audio/video calls.

13 Jan 2023

Dream 11

Dream11 will fine employees for disturbing colleagues on leave

The last thing you need when you are on a much-deserved time off from work is an annoying business call from a colleague. Sadly, it is a possibility these days, no matter what your Slack status says.

02 Sep 2022

Technology

Slack's new workflow automation features will make life easier

The competition among workplace apps is tighter than ever. Slack, in its bid to not lose ground, has announced the expansion of its Workflow Builder tool.

17 Jul 2022

India

World Emoji Day: How emojis are changing world of expression

Emojis have become a popular tool for expressing emotions at a time when face-to-face contact has declined and most interactions take place via texting.

06 Jul 2022

Latest Tech News

Slack features: Top 5 tips and tricks you should know

Slack is a messaging platform meant for use in the workplace. It allows users to collaborate with their colleagues working both on-site as well as remotely.

16 Jun 2022

Microsoft Windows

Best Slack features and customizations you should try

Slack, a communication platform designed specifically for the workplace, has been a great boon to businesses during the pandemic.

06 Feb 2021

Reddit

NewsBytes Briefing: BuzzFeed finally gets Trump, and more

The fine journalists at BuzzFeed saw documents implicating former US President Donald Trump of many terrible things, but quickly deemed them too evil to be seen by their readers. So now we must take their word on the orange man being bad.

06 Feb 2021

Android

Slack emails some users to reset password, wipe app data

Slack, the business communication platform, recently notified some of its users of a serious bug via email. Slack's Android app was accidentally logging users' credentials in plain texts and storing it in the fairly accessible app data directory.

02 Dec 2020

Microsoft

Salesforce is buying Slack for $28bn, its biggest acquisition yet

Salesforce.com Inc is buying workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc for a whopping $27.7 billion, making this acquisition its biggest ever.

08 Oct 2020

Facebook

Slack is testing 'Video Stories' and many more features

After almost every mainstream social media service on the block, even work-focused companies are jumping on the bandwagon of 'Stories'.

06 Oct 2020

Microsoft

NewsBytes Briefing: Google defers 30% commission in India, and more

Last night, Google deferred the enforcement of its Play Store billing policy that requires certain app developers to pay a 30% commission to the tech giant.

31 Aug 2020

Security

#BugAlert: Critical desktop hijack vulnerability detected in Slack; now fixed

Slack, one of the biggest players in the remote collaboration space, has fixed a major flaw in its service.

02 Apr 2020

Microsoft

Now, Slack users can call those on Microsoft Teams

In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, work communication apps Slack and Microsoft Teams have become the focal point for many businesses.

28 Mar 2020

Microsoft

Soon, Slack might let you call Microsoft Teams' users

As remote working continues to grow due to the coronavirus pandemic, work communication platforms Slack and Microsoft Teams are doing everything possible to give the best experience to their increasing user-base.

20 Mar 2020

Microsoft

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft Teams rakes in 44 million DAUs

As professionals around the world continue to switch to working remotely, due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19, productivity platforms are reaping the benefits.

19 Mar 2020

Android

Tricks to remain 'active' on Slack while working from home

After the COVID-19 outbreak, companies around the world began allowing employees to work from home. While many firms have opened offices, some continue to work remotely.

14 Aug 2019

X

Finally, Facebook is getting its own dark mode: Details here

Following the footsteps of leading technology giants and social networks, Facebook has started working on a dedicated dark mode for its main app.

06 Aug 2019

WhatsApp

Now, Google Assistant can read out WhatsApp messages for you

Google Assistant, the AI-backed digital helper from Google, is getting a minor but very useful capability - the ability to read out messages.

Soon, your Slack app will be faster than ever

Slack for desktop and web is getting a major update, one that doesn't bring any new features but revamps the entire infrastructure of the Slack experience.

28 Jun 2019

India

Slack messages are going twice, reason remains unknown

Over the last few hours, users of popular work collaboration and chat app Slack have reported a weird message repetition issue.

24 Jun 2019

Microsoft

Why Microsoft banned employees from using Slack, other software products

Microsoft appears to have banned certain software products for its employees.

23 Dec 2018

Iran

Slack issues apology after banning Iran visitors, expats: Details here

Popular co-working platform Slack has apologized for deactivating accounts of users, who either visited Iran or expatriated from the country.

08 Aug 2018

WhatsApp

Workplace messaging service Slack is raising $400mn in new round

On the back of acquiring its rivals just a couple of weeks back, workplace messaging service Slack is reportedly raising more funding, this time around $400mn.

27 Jul 2018

Workplace

Work messaging wars: Slack acquires rivals, wins the battle

In a surprise announcement, work messaging platform Slack has announced that it has acquired rival HipChat from enterprise software giant Atlassian.

01 Mar 2018

Google

Google is the new Slack: Launches workplace communication tool

Google has globally launched Hangouts Chat, a workplace communication tool, as a core part of its G Suite offerings.

15 Jun 2017

San Francisco

Amazon in talks to acquire Slack?

Corporate messaging start-up Slack Technologies based in San Francisco has reportedly been receiving inquiries about a potential takeover from tech giants like Amazon.com.